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.