Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Salary
Average Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators in the United States make around $14.00 per hour. Most Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. There are more male Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator
Surface mount technology (SMT) machine operators work with SMT machines which solder small parts such as circuits, transformers, sockets, and other electronic components. Good manual dexterity is necessary to position, align, and place components for SMT machines, which must be tended by replenishing their supplies and programming them in an efficient manner. They must also monitor the output of machines to ensure quality, and maintenance and calibration are periodically necessary for these machines, as well as troubleshooting and simple repairs when machines are not functioning properly.Read More...
Prior assembly experience and soldering skills may be required for this position, though some jobs offer on-the-job training. Much of the work is done by the SMT machine, but some tasks must be performed manually, and this work usually takes place in a factory environment which may be loud and not temperature-controlled. It's important to consistently meet all productivity and deadline goals and ensure that the area is kept clean and free of hazards at all times, and machines should be prepared for the next job when possible to save time. SMT operators must also keep records and data of this output. Computer skills and the ability to use applications like Microsoft Word are necessary for this position, and a high school diploma is often a minimum requirement.
Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Tasks
- Adjust, set up, and operate SMT machines per job order.
- Monitor product through entire SMT process.
- Load proper parts into machine and fill solder paste.
- Inspect and test finished SMT products for quality.
- Hand Solder / De-solder components.
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Pay by Experience Level for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $32K on average. For Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $39K.