Salary for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Also known as:  Crimping Machine Operator for Metal, Four Slide Machine Setter, Metal Punch Press Operator, Metal Slitter, Metal Stamper

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The primary duty of this employee is to install, operate, tend, and test machines that shear, twist, punch, cut, saw, bend, notch, crimp or straighten plastic and metal materials. To be considered for this position, a high school diploma or GED is usually necessary. Once hired, an employer usually requires up to a year of formal on-site job training before an employee can start working.

A Metal or Plastic Cutting, Punching, or Press Machine Setter/Operator will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $26,400 and $54,630 depending on tenure and industry expertise. will normally receive an average compensation of thirty-eight thousand six hundred and fifty dollars each year.

make the most money in Washington, where they can earn a compensation of near $46,590. Employees who work in this job make the greatest compensation in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they receive average pay levels of $41,410.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 42.51 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$41,410
Construction
$40,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,080
Manufacturing
$38,970
Transportation and Warehousing
$38,640
Wholesale Trade
$37,880

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$32,320
Health Care and Social Assistance
$34,700
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$35,690
Retail Trade
$36,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,100
Wholesale Trade
$37,880