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

Men account for the majority of Metal and Plastic Machine Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.49 per hour. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all.

$10.27 - $19.65
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Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $19.65  
   
Overtime
$15.14 - $29.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$370.00 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$22,713 - $45,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Metal and Plastic Machine Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $31K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $32K. Metal and Plastic Machine Operators see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $40K.

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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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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