Saw Filer Salary
A sizeable majority of Saw Filers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.88 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. The majority of Saw Filers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Saw Filer
A saw filer is an important employee at any sawmill or lumber milling operation. These facilities rely heavily on the efficiency and accuracy of their industrial saw blade components, and the saw filer is the person who keeps them fully functional. Saw filers will work daily to inspect and adjust saw blades and their teeth to ensure that the mill operates at peak efficiency and safety and that the lumber milled is accurate and usable.Read More...
Most sawmills process many different species of wood, of varying thickness and hardness. The saw filer ensures that the saws used for these different varieties of lumber are suited to the task. This is a process called “gumming” in the industry. It essentially involves the saw filer ensuring that the shape of the saw teeth and distances and depth of the gullets are properly cut and calibrated. The saw filer also ensures that the blades are kept sharp and properly honed, as even a few hours of heavy work can begin to noticeably effect their cutting ability and the speed at which they can process wood.
To work as a saw filer, a person must typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent and have good saw mill experience. Many companies will offer some on-the-job training in this field, while other operations prefer to hire individuals with prior saw filing experience. A saw filer typically works during standard daytime business hours. They work out of a special area in the lumber mill called a filing mill, with heavy manufacturing equipment that must be kept in constant adjustment.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Saw Filers. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $38K. Saw Filers bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. Saw Filers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $51K.
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