Press Brake Operator Salary (United States)

Most Press Brake Operators in the United States are men, earning an average of $15.22 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $11.78 per hour to $19.71. Some workers in this field—about a quarter—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Press Brake Operator Salary (?
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$11.78 - $19.71
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $19.71  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $31.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $4,918  
Total Pay (?
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$25,038 - $43,670  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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Job Description for Press Brake Operator

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Press Brake Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Standard salaries begin at $31K and can reach $34K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $37K after one to two decades. After 20 years of work in the field, Press Brake Operators typically earn $40K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within it.

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Experience Affects Press Brake Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$33,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Press Brake Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 8%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 6%
Blueprints
0%
National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 24%
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