Press Brake Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Press Brake Operators earn an average of $15.09 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.41 per hour, and the top verges on $19.76. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Press Brake Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$11.41 - $19.76
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.41 - $19.76  
   
Overtime
$16.45 - $29.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
   
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).
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$24,416 - $43,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 402
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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.

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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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Press Brake Operators seem to require a number of specific 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 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Precision Measurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Brake Operator

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


Press Brake Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $31K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $41K.

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Experience Affects Press Brake Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Press Brake Operator Salaries

CNC/NC
up arrow 12%

Machine Operation
up arrow 9%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

Blueprints
0%

National Average
$33,000

Precision Measurement
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 23%
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