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Press Brake Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Press Brake Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.13 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for Press Brake Operators — which occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $44K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. Though the majority of Press Brake Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$11.76 - $19.60
MEDIAN: $15.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $19.60  
$17.46 - $30.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $1,020  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $4,898  
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).
$25,014 - $43,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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

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Press Brake Operators only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Blueprints, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Precision Measurement. Blueprints and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. On average, Press Brake Operators make $36K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

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Experience Affects Press Brake Operator Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Press Brake Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average

Precision Measurement
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 23%