Manual Machinist Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Manual Machinists in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.67 per hour nationwide. Geographic location and experience level 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. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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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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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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Typical Manual Machinists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Precision Machining, Machine Operation, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Manual Machinists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,004

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

For Manual Machinists, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Manual Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent) and Tulsa (+2 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent 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
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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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