Manual Machinist Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Manual Machinists in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.22 per hour nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. Most Manual Machinists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,234 - $81,450
$30K
$46K
$81K
MEDIAN: $46,421
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90%

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$13.22 - $26.74
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,234 - $81,450  
   
Bonus
$478.83 - $4,983  
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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$28,846 - $62,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $26.74  
   
Overtime
$18.84 - $37.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$478.83 - $4,983  
   
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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$28,846 - $62,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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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

  • Perform a variety of manual milling operations such as lathing, milling, cutting, drilling, turning, taping, sawing, grinding and boring.
  • Design and fabricate custom tools.
  • 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.

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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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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Manual Machinists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,963

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

For those looking to make money, Manual Machinists in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Manual Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+11 percent) and San Diego (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Tulsa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (8 percent lower) and Portland (6 percent lower).

Manual Machinist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Manual Machinist?

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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Key Stats for Manual Machinist

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Manual Machinist Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼19%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Blueprints
▼2%

Machine Operation
▼9%

Welding
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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