Manual Machinist Salary
|Salary||$29,955 - $82,550|
|Bonus||$487.96 - $5,000|
|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).)
|$28,553 - $61,139|
|Hourly Rate||$13.07 - $26.14|
|Overtime||$18.23 - $37.65|
|Bonus||$487.96 - $5,000|
|Total Pay (||$28,553 - $61,139|
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.Read More...
Manual machinists typically specialize in just one or two types of machine. This is important, because the machinist will be expected to be able to tell during a typical shift if their machine — be it a lathe, a grinder, or a drill press — has come out of calibration even minutely. The machinist must monitor the completion of work performed at his or her station and typically makes constant adjustments to account for how repeat use affects the machine tools and the materials worked on.
In some cases, manual machinists develop a suite of skills working on a variety of machine tools, but in this case, typically it is the material — metals, glass, alloys — that the machinist specializes in. In these cases, the material used determines the effects of frequent machining on an assembly line.
Manual machinists typically do not need to have university degrees. Instead, most seek vocational or technical school training after completing a high school diploma or equivalent, and then work in apprentice and assistant jobs in manufacturing to gain practical experience. While some plants require machinists only during regular business hours, many work alternative shifts.
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.
Common Career Paths for Manual Machinist
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.
Machinist Job Listings
Search for more jobs:
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
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
Related Job Salaries
Key Stats for Manual Machinist
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.