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Manual Machinist Salary

A sizeable majority of Manual Machinists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.74 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Manual Machinists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,223 - $74,496
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,448
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$13.19 - $24.67
(Median)
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,223 - $74,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
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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$29,180 - $59,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.19 - $24.67  
   
Overtime
$16.94 - $37.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
   
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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$29,180 - $59,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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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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Many Manual Machinists move into a Machinist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Machinists on average bring in a similar salary to Manual Machinists.

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Manual Machinists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Machine Operation, Welding, and Precision Machining can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Precision Machining, Welding, and Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Manual Machinist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. For Manual Machinists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Manual Machinists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $46K.

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Experience Affects Manual Machinist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Welding
up arrow 8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 22%
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