Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Machine Operator make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

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$38,471 / yrTotal Pay
$36,680 / yrBase Pay
$1,791 / yrAdditional Pay

$38,471

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$30K$49K
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The estimated total pay for a Machine Operator is $38,471 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $36,680 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $1,791 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

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$38,471 /yr
Machine Operator
$39,617 /yr
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Related Job Titles

For Machine Operator

Some related job titles are General Labor Salaries with median pay of $38,454, Machine Tool Cutting Operator Salaries with median pay of $41,144, CNC Machinist Salaries with median pay of $47,078, Forklift Operator Salaries with median pay of $41,921.

Top Paying Companies

For a Machine Operator in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Machine Operator in United States. Employers include SLB, AT&T and Western Digital.

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SLB
$91,340/yr
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AT&T
$51,130/yr

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Top Paying Industries

For a Machine Operator in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Machine Operator in United States are Telecommunications with a median total pay of $46,212, Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $43,969, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $43,923, Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $43,784, and Agriculture with a median total pay of $42,047.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • TelecommunicationsTelecommunications$46,212

    13% Higher than other industries

  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$43,969

    8% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$43,923

    8% Higher than other industries

  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$43,784

    8% Higher than other industries

  • AgricultureAgriculture$42,047

    4% Higher than other industries

Telecommunications

Top paying companies in Telecommunications for Machine Operator are AT&T and CommScope.

AT&TAT&T$51,130/yr
CommScopeCommScope$41,294/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Skilled Labor & Manufacturing?

Skilled labor jobs like manufacturing, construction and warehousing are in high demand. Warehousing and logistics jobs are projected to grow rapidly with the growth of e-commerce and often pay higher salaries than other jobs that don't require a college degree. While a college degree is not generally required, training in new skills or earning certifications and licenses can be a way to earn a higher salary. While job opportunities are projected to grow, automation remains a risk to the long-term job outlook.

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Machine Operator pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Machine Operator is $36,680 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Machine Operator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 26081 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Machine Operator employees.

The highest salary for a Machine Operator in United States is $46,155 per year.

The lowest salary for a Machine Operator in United States is $29,150 per year.

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