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 $17.74 per hour. Total cash compensation to Machinist Set Up Operators approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $60K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Machinist Set Up Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,128 - $60,114
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$34K
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$60K
MEDIAN: $40,421
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$12.66 - $24.24
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$13
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$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,128 - $60,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,456  
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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$28,721 - $60,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.66 - $24.24  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $36.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,456  
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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$28,721 - $60,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 601
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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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Machinist Set Up Operators sometimes assume positions such as Manufacturing Production Managers. That role pays $62K per year on average. However, it's more common for Machinist Set Up Operators to move into roles as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Production Supervisor, Manufacturings.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Machinist Set Up Operators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Precision Machining, Blueprints, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know CNC/NC are 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. On average, Machinist Set Up Operators make $43K following one to two decades on the job. As Machinist Set Up Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Machinist Set Up Operators, 20 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+13 percent) and Cleveland (+7 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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