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  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$100.00 - $4,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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$21,379 - $40,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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.

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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.

Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲6%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

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

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲21%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲6%

National Average
$31,000

Machine Operation
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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