Press Brake Operator Salary

Press Brake Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.13 per hour. 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. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,609 - $49,312
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,320
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90%

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$11.56 - $19.79
(Median)
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,609 - $49,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$24,655 - $44,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $19.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48  
Overtime
$16.54 - $29.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$24,655 - $44,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 524
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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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Survey results suggest that Press Brake Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, CNC/NC, and set up are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Press Brake Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $31K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $34K. For Press Brake Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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 7%

Skills That Affect Press Brake Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 13%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 6%

CNC/NC
up arrow 4%

set up
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Precision Measurement
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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