Manual Machinist Salary

A sizeable majority of Manual Machinists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.67 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Manual Machinists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a little over a half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,087 - $81,450
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,040
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$13.01 - $25.03
(Median)
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,087 - $81,450  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$1,200  
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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$28,712 - $60,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $25.03  
   
Overtime
$17.17 - $36.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$28,712 - $60,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Precision Machining, Machine Operation, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Welding and Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Manual Machinist

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


For Manual Machinists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. Manual Machinists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Manual Machinists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,004

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

With a pay rate for Manual Machinists that is 30 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Manual Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent) and Tulsa (+2 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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 4%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Precision Machining
0%

National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 4%

Welding
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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