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Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Machinist Set Up Operators earn an average of $17.68 per hour. Final cash compensation to Machinist Set Up Operators varies from around $28K to approximately $59K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $6K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,144 - $61,793
(Median)
$34K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,852
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$12.67 - $23.80
(Median)
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,144 - $61,793  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,090  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,960  
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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$28,378 - $59,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $23.80  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $35.37  
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 - $2,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,960  
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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$28,378 - $59,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 610

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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 not the most common occurrence, Machinist Set Up Operators sometimes become Manufacturing Production Managers, where the average income is $62K per year. More often, however, Machinist Set Up Operators go on to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Manufacturing Production Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Machinist Set Up Operators note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Precision Machining, Blueprints, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 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.


Machinist Set Up Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, 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 $43K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $49K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Machinist Set Up Operators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+8 percent) and Milwaukee (+5 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 12%

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

CNC/NC
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
0%

National Average
$41,000

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
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 17%
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