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Press Brake Operator Salary

Male Press Brake Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.10 per hour in the United States. In the world of Press Brake Operators, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $44K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $5K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of Press Brake Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Although a fair number have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$11.54 - $19.70
MEDIAN: $15.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.54 - $19.70  
$17.38 - $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).
$24,454 - $43,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367

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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.

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Survey results show that Press Brake Operators typically report just a few professional skills. 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 4 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Precision Measurement.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $35K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $31K. Press Brake Operators bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $41K 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

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Machine Operation
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National Average

Precision Measurement
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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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 24%