Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.78 per hour. Total incomes of Machinist Set Up Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $28K and $60K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,025 - $62,749
(Median)
$33K
$40K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,369
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$12.73 - $24.37
(Median)
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,025 - $62,749  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,449  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,152  
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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$28,136 - $60,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $24.37  
   
Overtime
$18.70 - $35.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,449  
   
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,152  
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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$28,136 - $60,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 686
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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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Though some Machinist Set Up Operators move into positions like Manufacturing Production Manager (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. Becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor is, however, a more typical career progression for Machinist Set Up Operators.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Machinist Set Up Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Precision Machining, Blueprints, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Precision Measurement and Machine Operation. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. On average, Machinist Set Up Operators make $44K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,723

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

With a pay rate for Machinist Set Up Operators that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Detroit offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+24 percent) and Milwaukee (+7 percent). In Denver, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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 12%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

CNC/NC
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

set up
up arrow 2%

Machine Operation
up arrow 4%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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