Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.78 per hour. Total cash compensation for Machinist Set Up Operators runs from $29K to $60K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Machinist Set Up Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around two in five. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,088 - $56,991

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$12.77 - $24.29

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$34,088 - $56,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,153  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,960  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,837 - $59,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $24.29  
   
Overtime
$18.34 - $35.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,153  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,960  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,837 - $59,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 593
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Job Description for Machinist Set Up Operator

A machinist set up operator is responsible for the set up and maintenance of the machine(s) for which they are responsible. This includes such tasks as being able to start or restart the equipment after there has been a power interruption, as well as conducting new new start-ups. The operator should have an in-depth knowledge for the equipment to troubleshoot and fix a variety of errors. The ability to interpret and translate 2D and 3D engineering designs - as well as the ability to read machine program codes - are necessary as well. Machinist set up operators must have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as the physical ability to operate and repair machines; this may include sitting, standing, walking, bending, and stretching. These operators may work all three shifts during any days of the week. This position is generally full time and takes place in an indoor manufacturing environment.

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Machinist Set Up Operator Tasks

  • Measure, examine, and test completed units to detect defects and ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance machining and adjust machine controls as necessary.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.

Common Career Paths for Machinist Set Up Operator


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While not commonly seen, Machinist Set Up Operators who transition into a Manufacturing Production Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Manufacturing Production Managers is $62K per year. Moving from a Machinist Set Up Operator to Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or Manufacturing Production Supervisor is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Editing, Precision Machining, Blueprints, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in CNC/NC are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Machinist Set Up Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. Machinist Set Up Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


Detroit offers some of the highest pay in the country for Machinist Set Up Operators, 43 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Phoenix (+4 percent), and Cleveland (+3 percent).

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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Editing
up arrow 11%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

CNC/NC
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 18%
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