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Mold Maker Salary

Men make up the majority of Mold Makers in the United States, bringing in about $22.38 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — about one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. Most Mold Makers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,978 - $77,101
(Median)
$32K
$60K
$77K
MEDIAN: $60,220
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$13.20 - $29.24
(Median)
$13
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,978 - $77,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,948  
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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$31,080 - $72,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $29.24  
   
Overtime
$18.85 - $41.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,948  
   
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).
)
$31,080 - $72,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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Job Description for Mold Maker

Mold makers create, adjust, and adapt the molds used in cast manufacturing. Most frequently, tool and machine parts manufacturers are the employers for mold makers. Mold makers typically work with specifications from a design team, and they need to know how to work from schematics and be familiar with computer-aided design (CAD) programs for this purpose. The mold maker then creates initial molds. Upon the successful completion of production runs and quality control for parts from the casting, the maker then puts the mold into the production cycle. Mold makers often work with existing parts, making necessary adjustments to existing molds and conforming existing molds to new product specifications.

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Mold Maker Tasks

  • Prepare detailed work plans geared towards efficiency and accuracy.
  • Assist in the design and capability assessment of new molds.
  • Inspect, maintain, clean, lubricate, and repair molds and production equipment.
  • Employ safe practices when operating machinery and adhere to all workplace safety protocol.

Common Career Paths for Mold Maker


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Many Mold Makers transition into upper-level roles like Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer. However, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers do report a slightly lower median income of $42K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Mold Makers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Mold Making, EDM, CAD/CAM, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Those with knowledge of CAD/CAM tend to be skilled in CNC/NC as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Mold Maker

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


Mold Makers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $43K. Mold Makers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

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Experience Affects Mold Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

Skills That Affect Mold Maker Salaries

Mold Making
up arrow 18%

EDM
up arrow 13%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 12%

CNC/NC
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 21%
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