Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Salary
Median pay for Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators in the United States is around $14.38 per hour. Most Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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|Hourly Rate||$10.05 - $18.40|
|Overtime||$14.96 - $26.93|
|Bonus||$100.00 - $4,000|
|Total Pay (||$21,379 - $40,591|
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.
Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $28K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $32K. 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 $38K.
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