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Millwright Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Millwrights in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.35 per hour. Geography 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 Millwrights. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Millwright Salary (?
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$33,754 - $81,713
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MEDIAN: $55,032
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$15.45 - $30.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,754 - $81,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,411  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $5,000  
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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$35,249 - $75,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $30.74  
   
Overtime
$20.59 - $44.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $5,000  
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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$35,249 - $75,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 635
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Job Description for Millwright

Millwrights, or manufacturing foremen, are responsible for installing, repairing and generally maintaining manufacturing machinery and equipment. They have a thorough working knowledge of mechanics and they know how to use industrial tools such as drills, power saws, welding torches, grinders, measuring equipment and many others to perform their job duties safely and correctly. Millwrights are sometimes involved in the planning and design stages of building different kinds of machinery. They are also responsible for inspecting machinery on a regular basis to predict and prevent mechanical failure. Since the safety of millwrights and other workers often depends on the doing their jobs correctly and safely, a strong attention to detail is important in this line of work. Excellent reading comprehension, and verbal and written communication skills are required. Good leadership skills are a must, since millwrights may be responsible for overseeing the work of other employees. As long as these other requirements are met, only a high school diploma or GED are typically required. Although millwrights mostly work indoors, they may deal with extreme hot or cold temperatures, and a good amount of manual labor, bending and lifting is common.
Millwright Tasks
  • Assemble and install equipment such as shafting, conveyors and tram rails.
  • Read blueprints and schematic drawings to determine work procedures.
  • Move machinery and equipment.
  • Dismantle machines.
  • Construct foundation for machines.

Common Career Paths for Millwright

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Millwrights' salaries tends to stay somewhat level when they assume higher-end positions like Maintenance Supervisor. On average, Maintenance Supervisors get paid about the same as Millwrights. Millwrights most often advance into Maintenance Mechanic and Maintenance Technician positions even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Millwright

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Millwrights who took the survey. Lucky workers who know System Repair can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Troubleshooting and Maintenance are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 20 percent. It is often found that people who know Troubleshooting are also skilled in Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Millwright

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Millwrights, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $43K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. Millwrights see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Millwrights who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $58K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$52,000
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Denver
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Millwrights will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Millwrights will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+18 percent) and Houston (+17 percent). In Denver, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Eugene (8 percent less) and Atlanta (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Millwright Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Millwright Salaries

System Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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Welding
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National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 19%