Press Brake Operator Salary

Press Brake Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.13 per hour. In the world of Press Brake Operators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $44K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just under one in four claim no health benefits at all. Though the majority of Press Brake Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,609 - $49,312
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,320
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$11.56 - $19.79
(Median)
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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Press Brake Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include Precision Measurement. Those with knowledge of Blueprints tend to be skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Brake Operator

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


For Press Brake Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Press Brake Operators make a median salary of $36K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Press Brake Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $41K on average.

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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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