Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Manual Machinists earn an average of $18.96 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Manual Machinists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,955 - $82,550
$30K
$46K
$83K
MEDIAN: $45,780
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$13.07 - $26.14
$13
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$26
MEDIAN: $18.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,955 - $82,550  
   
Bonus
$487.96 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
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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$28,553 - $61,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.07 - $26.14  
   
Overtime
$18.23 - $37.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$487.96 - $5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
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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$28,553 - $61,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 358

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Job Description for Manual Machinist

Manual machinists are skilled workers who use machine tools in manufacturing plants to cut, shave, slice, drill, and otherwise manipulate a variety of hard surfaces, from wood to glass to metals. While the name implies the hands-on use of these tools, the reality is that many of the lathes, drills, saws, and other implements now have computer controls to assist the manual machinist. Because modern appliances and other components that will use the pieces created by manual machinists can require precise specifications (down to .001 of an inch), even with computers involved, this is a position requiring substantial skill and attention to detail.

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Manual Machinist Tasks

  • Perform a variety of manual milling operations such as lathing, milling, cutting, drilling, turning, taping, sawing, grinding and boring.
  • Design and fabricate custom tools.
  • Use a variety of milling tools such as Engine Lathe, Vertical Boring Mill, Horizontal Boring Mill, Bridgeports, Band Saws, Radial Arm Drills, Calipers, Micrometers, and Scales.
  • Read blue prints and other CAD design documents.

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Manual Machinists' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer. On average, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers get paid about the same as Manual Machinists do.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manual Machinist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Manual Machinists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. Manual Machinists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,531

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Manual Machinists, 25 percent above the national average. Manual Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+12 percent) and San Diego (+6 percent). Tulsa is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (7 percent less) and Portland (5 percent less).

Manual Machinist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Manual Machinist?

Manual Machinist in Boston:
"Go to college."
Work 1 to 2 years at one company and then find a company that will lay you more, and give you experience in another aspect if the machining field.

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Key Stats for Manual Machinist

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Manual Machinist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Machine Operation
up arrow 7%

Welding
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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