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

Male Metal and Plastic Machine Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.44 per hour in the United States. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Though the majority of Metal and Plastic Machine Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role.

$10.26 - $19.68
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Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $19.68  
   
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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$22,674 - $45,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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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 many Metal and Plastic Machine Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $31K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $32K. Metal and Plastic Machine Operators see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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