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Press Brake Operator Salary (United States)

Most Press Brake Operators in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $15.22 per hour. In the world of Press Brake Operators, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $44K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $5K, respectively. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and just over a half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Press Brake Operator Salary (?
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$11.78 - $19.71
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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 (?
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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$25,038 - $43,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 6 percent respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Brake Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Press Brake Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $31K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Press Brake Operators bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $40K. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up between a fifth and a 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 nearly one in eight.

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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%