Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.78 per hour. Cash earnings for Machinist Set Up Operators — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $28K to approximately $60K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed 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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90%

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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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While not commonly seen, Machinist Set Up Operators who transition into a Manufacturing Production Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Manufacturing Production Managers is $62K per year. Moving from a Machinist Set Up Operator to Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or Manufacturing Production Supervisor is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Machinist Set Up Operators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Editing, Precision Machining, Blueprints, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Precision Measurement and Machine Operation. Most people who know 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.


For many Machinist Set Up Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. On average, Machinist Set Up Operators make $44K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Machinist Set Up Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,723

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For Machinist Set Up Operators, Detroit provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+24 percent) and Milwaukee (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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