Machinist Set Up Operator Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the in the United States, bringing in about $17.68 per hour. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $30,220 on the lower end to $59,241 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2,399 from bonuses and upwards of $6,000 from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and around one third get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Machinist Set Up Operators. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Machinist Set Up Operator Salary (?
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$30,220 - $59,241
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MEDIAN: $40,208
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Machinist Set Up Operator Salary (?
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$12.55 - $23.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,220 - $59,241  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,399  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $6,000  
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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$28,113 - $58,335  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $23.31  
   
Overtime
$18.15 - $35.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,399  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $6,000  
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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$28,113 - $58,335  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 818
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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 assume a position such as a Manufacturing Production Manager—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $20K per year. A more common career path for Machinist Set Up Operators is stepping into the role of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer or Production Supervisor, Manufacturing.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator

Survey takers who work as Machinist Set Up Operators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Precision Machining, Machine Operation, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in CNC/NC are similarly competent in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Machinist Set Up Operators can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Though starting salaries approximate $34K, they climb to $41K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $42K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Machinist Set Up Operators after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $47K. The majority of Machinist Set Up Operators have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Cleveland
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Milwaukee
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National Average
$41,000
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With a pay rate for Machinist Set Up Operators that is 22 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+11 percent).

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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

CNC/NC
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Machine Operation
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$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 18%
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