Manual Machinist Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Manual Machinists in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.55 per hour nationwide. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Manual Machinists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$26,223 - $74,496
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,448
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$13.06 - $24.44
(Median)
$13
$19
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,223 - $74,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$28,802 - $59,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $24.44  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $37.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
   
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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$28,802 - $59,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Professional skills reported by Manual Machinists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Machine Operation, Precision Machining, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Manual Machinists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
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Welding
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Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 22%
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