Men represent the vast majority of Millwrights in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.66 per hour nationwide. Overall cash earnings for Millwrights stretch from $36K on the lower end to $85K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$36,724 - $93,634|
|Bonus||$500 - $8,139|
|Profit Sharing||$805 - $10,213|
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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).)
|$36,335 - $84,632|
|Hourly Rate||$15.55 - $32.77|
|Overtime||$21.87 - $46.67|
|Bonus||$500 - $8,139|
|Profit Sharing||$805 - $10,213|
|Total Pay (||$36,335 - $84,632|
Job Description for Millwright
Millwrights are responsible for installing and maintaining machinery which is used in multiple industries. This job requires carrying out heavy construction work, so the ability to perform physical labor, such as carrying heavy items and operating hand and power tools, is essential. Some jobs also involve working in confined areas, so some bending, squatting, and stooping may also be necessary.Read More...
Millwrights analyze and interpret layout plans, drawings, and blueprints in order to install equipment and ensure that it is properly aligned using manual and laser methods of alignment. They must always exercise a certain degree of caution to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the job. After particular jobs are complete, they must ensure that the area is left in the same clean state it was in prior to any work being done.
Basic mathematical skills are necessary in this position to carry out measurements and other essential tasks. Millwrights may or may not work under heavy supervision, so it is important to be self-driven and able to complete tasks independently and within specific time-frames. This job may also involve traveling from one location to another, so a valid driver’s license may be required by some employers. Formal study of and apprenticeship in this work may be required, while others positions simply require millwrights to have a "journeyman" status, which is usually acquired with experience and testing.
- Dismantle machines.
- Construct foundation for machines.
- Move machinery and equipment.
- Assemble and install equipment such as shafting, conveyors and tram rails.
- Read blueprints and schematic drawings to determine work procedures.
Common Career Paths for Millwright
Millwrights' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Maintenance Supervisor. On average, Maintenance Supervisors get paid about the same as Millwrights do. A lot of Millwrights advance their careers by becoming Maintenance Technicians and Maintenance Mechanics. However, those positions offer $16K less and $11K less per year on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Millwright
General Electric Co (GE) attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $60K.
Popular Skills for Millwright
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Precision Measurement, rigging, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 31 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Metal Inert Gas Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in Welding.
Pay by Experience Level for Millwright
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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. Millwrights claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. As Millwrights reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.
Pay Difference by Location
Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Millwrights, 42 percent above the national average. Millwrights can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+35 percent), Houston (+31 percent), Detroit (+24 percent), and Baton Rouge (+23 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Denver and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.
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