Male Saw Filers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.39 per hour in the United States. The majority of Saw Filers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$19,329 - $97,343
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$19K
$48K
$97K
MEDIAN: $48,349
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$11.68 - $24.60
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$19,329 - $97,343  
   
Bonus
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$25,905 - $64,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $24.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.96 - $36.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$2,948  
   
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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$25,905 - $64,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Saw Filer

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


For many Saw Filers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $32K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Saw Filers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

Saw Filer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Saw Filer in Ann Arbor:
"Pay Attention To Details."
Watch and listen to your instructor/head filer. Take notes on small details and follow through with them, as they will help you stay ahead office large-scale problems in the future.

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Experience Affects Saw Filer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Saw Filer Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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saw filer
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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