Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators in the United States can expect wages of $14.13 per hour on average. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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$14.99 - $26.84  
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$21,366 - $40,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $28K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators make a median salary of $33K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $39K.

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
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

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

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 21%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

National Average
$31,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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