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Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.63 per hour. Cash earnings for Machinist Set Up Operators — including $2K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $28K to $59K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Machinist Set Up Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$32,133 - $61,192
(Median)
$32K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,804
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$12.64 - $23.51
(Median)
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,133 - $61,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,280  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $5,918  
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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$28,257 - $58,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.64 - $23.51  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $35.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,280  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $5,918  
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).
)
$28,257 - $58,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
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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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There are some Machinist Set Up Operators — though it's uncommon — that transition into Manufacturing Production Managers, where earnings are an average $62K annually. 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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Editing, Blueprints, Precision Machining, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Most people experienced in CNC/NC also know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Machinist Set Up Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Machinist Set Up Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $48K on average.

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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Editing
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 17%