Men make up the majority of Manual Machinists in the United States, bringing in about $18.91 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,234 - $83,121
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$30K
$46K
$83K
MEDIAN: $46,484
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$13.04 - $25.72
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,234 - $83,121  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $4,400  
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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$28,726 - $60,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$18.11 - $37.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$100.00 - $4,400  
   
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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$28,726 - $60,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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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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Manual Machinists may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers on average make about as much 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Manual Machinists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $48K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,566

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

For Manual Machinists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Manual Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+12 percent) and San Diego (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tulsa, 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Dallas (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Manual Machinist Advice

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

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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Experience Affects Manual Machinist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries

Precision Machining
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Machine Operation
up arrow 6%

Welding
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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