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Mold Maker Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Mold Makers in the United States, bringing in about $22.13 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by just under one-half. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mold Maker Salary (?
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$32,266 - $78,103
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MEDIAN: $59,240
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Mold Maker Salary (?
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$13.33 - $29.17
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,266 - $78,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,895  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $771  
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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$30,789 - $72,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $29.17  
   
Overtime
$19.44 - $41.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,895  
   
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $771  
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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$30,789 - $72,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
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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, and may earn slightly less than as a result. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers have an average income of $42K annually.

Mold Maker Job Listings

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Mold Makers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Mold Making, EDM, CAD/CAM, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 20 percent. CAD/CAM and CNC/NC are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Mold Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Mold Makers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $33K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. On average, Mold Makers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Mold Makers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$52,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Mold Makers, Detroit offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above the national average. Mold Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent) and Grand Rapids (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 12 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Mold Maker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$52,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Mold Maker Salaries

Mold Making
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EDM
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CAD/CAM
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CNC/NC
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National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 20%