Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.39 per hour. Total cash earnings of Machinist Set Up Operators range from $27K on the low end to $58K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, roughly one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Machinist Set Up Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,971 - $72,312
$28K
$41K
$72K
MEDIAN: $40,616
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$12.31 - $24.30
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,971 - $72,312  
   
Bonus
$357.45 - $5,562  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,034  
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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$26,918 - $58,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $24.30  
   
Overtime
$18.09 - $35.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$357.45 - $5,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,034  
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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$26,918 - $58,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 917

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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

  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Machinist Set Up Operator


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For Machinist Set Up Operators, progressing to a Manufacturing Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Manufacturing Engineer can earn $63K annually. Machinist Set Up Operators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Manufacturing Production Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Editing, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Precision Machining, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include set up. The majority of those who know CNC/NC also know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

Pay by Experience for a Machinist Set Up Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Machinist Set Up Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 452 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Machinist Set Up Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 271 salaries. An experienced Machinist Set Up Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 258 salaries. A Machinist Set Up Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 183 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,155

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Home to some of the best pay for Machinist Set Up Operators, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+25 percent), Detroit (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+17 percent). Rochester is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (13 percent less) and Wichita (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for Machinist Set Up Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

▲27%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$39,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Editing
▲17%




Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲3%

Setup
▲3%

▲2%

▲2%

National Average
$39,000

Team Leadership
▼1%


set up
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 20%