Entry-Level Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Entry-Level Machinist Set Up Operators can expect wages of $15.34 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Machinist Set Up Operators — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $47K. Although between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Though the majority of Entry-Level Machinist Set Up Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,148 - $66,977
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$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $39,996
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$11.66 - $19.53
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MEDIAN: $15.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,148 - $66,977  
   
Bonus
$175.00 - $4,625  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $1,973  
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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$24,825 - $47,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $19.53  
   
Overtime
$16.55 - $28.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$175.00 - $4,625  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $1,973  
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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$24,825 - $47,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 484

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,341

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The lowest-paying market is Wichita, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and Rochester (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Machinist Set Up Operator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Machinist Set Up Operator in Kalamazoo:
"How to be a more efficient productive employee."
Be sure you comprehend your blueprints. You have complete knowledge in the proper usage of all precision measuring equipment knowledge of the machine(s) you will be setting up and operating. Knowledge of feed and speed of the tooling. Good troubleshooting skills. When in doubt ALWAYS seek assistance before operating machine to produce quality parts. Always be aware of all safety devices and their location. Work smarter not harder. Ask yourself this question, Would I buy the product I just produce. Always be accountable for you production. Take pride in your work.

Key Stats for Machinist Set Up Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
22%
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Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲5%

Blueprints
▲4%

Precision Machining
▲3%

CNC/NC
▲2%

Precision Measurement
▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
▼1%

set up
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 23%
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