Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Male Machinist Set Up Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.43 per hour in the United States. In the world of Machinist Set Up Operators, overall income ranges from $27K near the bottom to $58K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Machinist Set Up Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,600 - $73,288
$29K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $40,616
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$12.33 - $24.49
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,600 - $73,288  
   
Bonus
$352.35 - $5,717  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $5,045  
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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$27,006 - $58,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $24.49  
   
Overtime
$18.18 - $35.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$352.35 - $5,717  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $5,045  
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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$27,006 - $58,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 907

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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

  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Machinist Set Up Operator


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Machinist Set Up Operators who go on to become Manufacturing Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Manufacturing Engineers is $62K annually. A common career progression for a Machinist Set Up Operator is to become a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor. Compared to Machinist Set Up Operators, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Survey results imply that Machinist Set Up Operators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Editing, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Precision Measurement, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. For most people, competency in CNC/NC indicates knowledge of Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

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


Machinist Set Up Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. Machinist Set Up Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,335

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For those looking to make money, Machinist Set Up Operators in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+24 percent), Detroit (+20 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and St. Louis (+16 percent). Rochester is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego and Wichita (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Machinist Set Up Operator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

▲27%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$39,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Editing
▲16%




▲2%

Setup
▲2%

▲1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

National Average
$39,000

set up
▼1%


Team Leadership
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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