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.

$32,500 - $52,000
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $40,694
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$40,695  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
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$21,314 - $40,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $18.27  
   
Overtime
$15.01 - $26.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,945  
   
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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$21,314 - $40,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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Job Description for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator

Surface mount technology (SMT) machine operators are in charge of operating complex machinery and overseeing production equipment for their organizations. They are also responsible for precision and tolerance for production pieces and must follow written instructions and SMT assembly processes to prevent material waste. They generally work in a production setting, and their tools include calibration machines, re-flow ovens, and other inspection equipment.

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Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Tasks

  • Inspect and test finished SMT products for quality.
  • Hand Solder / De-solder components.
  • Load proper parts into machine and fill solder paste.
  • Adjust, set up, and operate SMT machines per job order.
  • Monitor product through entire SMT process.

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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.

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What is it like working as a Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator?

Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator in Denver:
Pros: There is a certain satisfaction in finishing a build of circuits that simply cannot be equaled by selling a customer a hamburger or restocking a shelf. The pay is better than most any other job that doesn't require a college degree. The best part, however, is that I don't have to deal with people. Something happens when a human decides to buy something from a company. Their body becomes possessed by Satan himself, making them absolutely irrational, stupid, and evil all at once.
Cons: Employer expectations are excessively high in this field. Employees are expected to produce absolutely perfect work, in less time than what is actually required, with occasionally faulty equipment, and unrealistic customer specifications. Employees are expected to be the final line of defense to ensure component accuracy, and most mistakes are never caught before this final line.

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Experience Affects Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 14%

National Average
$31,000

Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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