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Mold Maker Salary

Men make up the majority of Mold Makers in the United States, bringing in about $22.18 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,115 - $76,994
(Median)
$32K
$60K
$77K
MEDIAN: $59,501
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50%
90%

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$13.20 - $29.34
(Median)
$13
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$32,115 - $76,994  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $750  
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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$31,034 - $72,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $29.34  
   
Overtime
$19.00 - $41.91  
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 - $2,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $750  
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).
)
$31,034 - $72,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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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, CAD/CAM, EDM, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 19 percent. It is not unusual for someone who knows CAD/CAM to be familiar with 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Mold Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

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 19%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 16%

EDM
up arrow 14%

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
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 22%