A Model Maker earns an average wage of $21.06 per hour. A skill in Engineering Design is associated with high pay for this job.

$35,554 - $84,160
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,487
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$11.69 - $30.79
(Median)
$12
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,554 - $84,160  
   
Bonus
$700 - $6,400  
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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$29,186 - $79,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $30.79  
   
Overtime
$11.33 - $48.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$700 - $6,400  
   
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).
)
$29,186 - $79,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Job Description for Model Maker

A model maker plays a key role in a variety of design and development processes at the early stages of various projects. Engineering and manufacturing companies may have a model maker employed to help create scale prototypes of commercial or consumer components and products. Architectural firms may either have a model maker on staff or subcontract model making, in order to have 3D, scale versions of their designs to use in client presentations. And although it is a much smaller industry and jobs can be very competitive, effects shops that perform work for television and film also use model makers to create detailed, filmable miniatures for production work.

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Model Maker Tasks

  • Assemble die and molds and verify dimensions.
  • Design and create templates consistent with blueprint specifications.
  • Prepare and operate machines used to drill, press and saw model materials.
  • Perform repairs to equipment and machinery.

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Pay by Experience Level for Model Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Model Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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