Manual Machinist Salary

Men make up the majority of Manual Machinists in the United States, bringing in about $18.48 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Manual Machinists. Some workers in this field — slightly more than a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,223 - $74,496

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$13.00 - $24.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,223 - $74,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$28,541 - $58,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $24.45  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $37.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
   
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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$28,541 - $58,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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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

  • 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.
  • Perform a variety of manual milling operations such as lathing, milling, cutting, drilling, turning, taping, sawing, grinding and boring.
  • Design and fabricate custom tools.

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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Survey takers who work as Manual Machinists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Machine Operation, Precision Machining, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Welding and Precision Machining.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Manual Machinists make a median salary of $43K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $46K.

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Experience Affects Manual Machinist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries

Blueprints
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National Average
$40,000

Machine Operation
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Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 22%
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