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Manual Machinist Salary

Manual Machinists in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.30 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,730 - $71,749
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$72K
MEDIAN: $41,902
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90%

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$13.46 - $25.28
(Median)
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,730 - $71,749  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
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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$29,732 - $61,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.46 - $25.28  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $38.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
   
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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$29,732 - $61,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Precision Machining and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Welding and Precision Machining.

Pay by Experience Level for Manual Machinist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. 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 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Precision Machining
up arrow 9%

Welding
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 21%