Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.45 per hour. In the world of Machinist Set Up Operators, total cash compensation can vary between $27K and $58K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $5K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Machinist Set Up Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,406 - $60,820
(Median)
$28K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,903
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$12.31 - $24.54
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,406 - $60,820  
   
Bonus
$346.45 - $5,523  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $5,057  
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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$26,929 - $58,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $24.54  
   
Overtime
$18.26 - $35.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$346.45 - $5,523  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $5,057  
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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$26,929 - $58,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 845
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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 who transition into a Manufacturing Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. Machinist Set Up Operators typically move into roles as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Manufacturing Production Supervisors, and those positions pay $3K more and $12K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Survey results imply that Machinist Set Up Operators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Editing, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Precision Measurement, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Those familiar with CNC/NC also tend to know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

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


For Machinist Set Up Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. Machinist Set Up Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. 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: $39,161

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Machinist Set Up Operators in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+22 percent), Phoenix (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), and St. Louis (+16 percent). Grand Rapids is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. On the whole, employers pay 12 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Rochester and Wichita.

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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Editing
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Precision Machining
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Setup
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CNC/NC
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Blueprints
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$39,000

Machine Operation
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Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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