Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Salary

Metal and Plastic Machine Operators in the United States can expect wages of $14.99 per hour on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just under a half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,143 - $53,656
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MEDIAN: $40,000
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$10.90 - $19.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$40,000  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $3,056  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$23,653 - $45,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $19.51  
   
Overtime
$15.06 - $29.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$304.10 - $3,056  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$23,653 - $45,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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.

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Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Tasks

  • Set up and operate new machines and equipment for paper making, plastics and metals.
  • Perform routine maintenance on machines: clean, oil, replace worn-out parts and dull blades.
  • Inspect, observe working operation and calibrate machine work pieces to ensure safe and accurate operation that is free of any mechanical defects.

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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Metal and Plastic Machine Operators in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $32K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $32K. On average, Metal and Plastic Machine Operators make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Metal and Plastic Machine Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $44K.

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What is it like working as a Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic?

Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic in Columbus:
Pros: Steady work most of the time and the people I work with.
Cons: Stress from working with old machines and not knowing for sure when I have to sandblast. Different departments expect me to stop what I am doing and blast their things.

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Experience Affects Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Machine Operation
0%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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