Manual Machinist Salary

Men make up the majority of Manual Machinists in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.51 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Manual Machinists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,716 - $70,101
$30K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,922
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$13.35 - $27.03
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$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.43
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$0$70K
Salary $29,716 - $70,101
Bonus $352.35 - $4,767
Profit Sharing $2,039
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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$29,807 - $63,574
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 26
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $13.35 - $27.03
Overtime $18.66 - $38.53
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $352.35 - $4,767
Profit Sharing $2,039
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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$29,807 - $63,574
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 318

Job Description for Manual Machinist

Manual machinists are skilled workers who use machine tools in manufacturing plants to cut, shave, slice, drill, and otherwise manipulate a variety of hard surfaces, from wood to glass to metals. While the name implies the hands-on use of these tools, the reality is that many of the lathes, drills, saws, and other implements now have computer controls to assist the manual machinist. Because modern appliances and other components that will use the pieces created by manual machinists can require precise specifications (down to .001 of an inch), even with computers involved, this is a position requiring substantial skill and attention to detail.

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Manual Machinist Tasks

  • Perform a variety of manual milling operations such as lathing, milling, cutting, drilling, turning, taping, sawing, grinding and boring.
  • Design and fabricate custom tools.
  • Use a variety of milling tools such as Engine Lathe, Vertical Boring Mill, Horizontal Boring Mill, Bridgeports, Band Saws, Radial Arm Drills, Calipers, Micrometers, and Scales.
  • Read blue prints and other CAD design documents.

Common Career Paths for Manual Machinist


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As Manual Machinists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer position pays around the same amount as the Manual Machinist job on average.

Manual Machinist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Manual Machinist

Pay by Experience for a Manual Machinist has a positive trend. An entry-level Manual Machinist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Manual Machinist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Manual Machinist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 82 salaries. A Manual Machinist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,098

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Manual Machinists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Manual Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent) and San Diego (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Tulsa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Dallas and 8 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Manual Machinist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Manual Machinist?

Manual Machinist in Boston:
"Go to college."
Work 1 to 2 years at one company and then find a company that will lay you more, and give you experience in another aspect if the machining field.

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Key Stats for Manual Machinist

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
38%

Experience Affects Manual Machinist Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Skills That Affect Manual Machinist Salaries

National Average
$43,000


Blueprints
▼4%

Machine Operation
▼11%

Welding
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 25%