Manual Machinist Salary

A sizeable majority of Manual Machinists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.37 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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 slightly more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,833 - $83,121
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$46K
$83K
MEDIAN: $45,960
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$13.37 - $27.65
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$0$83K
Salary $29,833 - $83,121
Bonus $342.55 - $4,966
Profit Sharing $3,000
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).
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$29,138 - $64,232
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 27
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $13.37 - $27.65
Overtime $18.17 - $39.31
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $342.55 - $4,966
Profit Sharing $3,000
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).
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$29,138 - $64,232
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 332

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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.

Common Career Paths for Manual Machinist


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As Manual Machinists transition into upper-level roles like Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers earn the same amount as Manual Machinists on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manual Machinist

Pay by Experience for a Manual Machinist has a positive trend. An entry-level Manual Machinist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Manual Machinist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Manual Machinist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 82 salaries. A Manual Machinist 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 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,438

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

Manual Machinists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. Manual Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and San Diego (+4 percent). Tulsa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Portland (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Manual Machinist Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Blueprints
▼3%

Machine Operation
▼10%

Welding
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 20%
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