Press Brake Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Press Brake Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.10 per hour. Total cash compensation to Press Brake Operators approaches anywhere from $24K on the lower end to $43K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $1K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$11.50 - $19.65
MEDIAN: $15.00

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $19.65  
$17.23 - $30.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$0.00 - $1,013  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $4,848  
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).
$24,375 - $43,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 348

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

Job Description for Press Brake Operator

Press brake operators are responsible for manufacturing tools, metal, and other pieces of equipment using a press brake. Press brakes, or brake presses, are "computer numeric controlled" (CNC) machine tools designed to make punches, bends, and cuts into sheet or plate material, particularly sheet metal.


Press Brake Operator Tasks

  • Inspect products, make corrections and ensure quality.
  • Measure, align, and position materials.
  • Set up and operate press brake machinery and related equipment.
  • Maintain a safe and hygienic workspace.

Press Brake Operator Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Press Brake Operators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in CNC/NC, Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 19 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Brake Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For Press Brake Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $35K. Press Brake Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Press Brake Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $40K on average.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Press Brake Operator Salaries

up arrow 22%

up arrow 9%

up arrow 5%

National Average

up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Press Brake Operator Salaries

up arrow 19%

Machine Operation
up arrow 8%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

up arrow 1%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 1%

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.


4 %
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%