Press Brake Operator Salary

Press Brake Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.61 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Press Brake Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,377 - $96,001
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$42K
$96K
MEDIAN: $42,180
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$12.12 - $20.37
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$0$96K
Salary $24,377 - $96,001
Bonus $200.00 - $2,550
Profit Sharing $900
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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$25,781 - $47,997
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 16
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $12.12 - $20.37
Hourly Tips $0.08
Overtime $18.09 - $30.58
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $200.00 - $2,550
Profit Sharing $900
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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$25,781 - $47,997
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 552

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Press Brake Operator


Press Brake Operators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Machine Operation, Precision Measurement, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include set up, Math, and CNC/NC. The majority of those who know Blueprints also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Brake Operator

Pay by Experience for a Press Brake Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Press Brake Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 313 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Press Brake Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 160 salaries. An experienced Press Brake Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 120 salaries. A Press Brake Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 63 salaries.

Press Brake Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Press Brake Operator?

Press Brake Operator in Schaumburg:
"Press Brake Operator."
Pros: Bending, or more accurately called forming parts on the press is a work of art. Watching a piece of metal or aluminum take shape is really something special. Precise calculations and programming equals good quality parts. Most definitely a career, not an in between job.
Cons: As any other job...management. It's fast paced and measurements are expected to be within a 5000th of an inch (.005).

Press Brake Operator in San Jose:
"Awesome job."
Pros: The people I. Work with and the hours I work are very convenient.
Cons: There's not to much I don't like I think it is a awesome place to work very close to home.

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Key Stats for Press Brake Operator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Press Brake Operator Salaries

▲18%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$35,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Press Brake Operator Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲8%



National Average
$35,000

▼1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

CNC/NC
▼6%

Math
▼9%

set up
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 18%
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