Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Salary
Metal and Plastic Machine Operators in the United States can expect wages of $15.16 per hour on average. Metal and Plastic Machine Operators who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Hourly Rate||$11.19 - $19.62|
|Overtime||$15.66 - $31.08|
|Bonus||$302.01 - $3,064|
|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).)
|$23,837 - $45,992|
Job Description for Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic
Manufacturing companies that create tools or the assembly/replacement parts for tools and equipment are typical employers of multiple machine tool setters, operators, or tenders (metal and plastic). These employees usually work as part of an assembly line, working with fabrication machines and/or robots to cut and create tools or parts for their eventual assembly. Multiple machine tool operators work regularly with lathes, cutters, borers, grinders, and other types of fabrication and cutting tools that are used with metals and plastics. The operator sets up these machines according to the specifications of the items or parts to be manufactured. Then, they observe the machine to ensure efficient, safe operations, inspect their work to ensure it meets the requirements of the original design schematic, make any adjustments, and (when satisfied) start a production run.Read More...
Throughout the operation and run, the machine tool operator/tender also perform necessary functions such as regulating cooling or lubrication for the fabrication equipment and/or robots as necessary. The operator uses a variety of readouts and feedback equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation while using machines.
Individuals in these positions typically must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Many larger manufacturers prefer individuals with at least some vocational training in machine or assembly technology and operation as well. Practical experience with machine tool fabrication and systems operation are also required or preferred. Multiple machine tool operators generally work in a factory or manufacturing plant, and their hours may vary depending on the needs of their employer.
Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Tasks
- Inspect, observe working operation and calibrate machine work pieces to ensure safe and accurate operation that is free of any mechanical defects.
- Perform routine maintenance on machines: clean, oil, replace worn-out parts and dull blades.
- Set up and operate new machines and equipment for paper making, plastics and metals.
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Pay by Experience Level for Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Metal and Plastic Machine Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $32K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.
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