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Working As A Machine Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Machine Operator Do

A Machine Operator is responsible for operating and maintaining complicated machinery and making sure it functions properly. They can work both outside or indoors, and work for a single company or on a contract basis.

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Machine Operator Career Paths

Machine Operator
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Consultant Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Driver Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Operator Foreman Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Numerical Control Programmer
Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machinist Mechanic Shop Foreman
Shop Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Specialist Operations Specialist
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Machinist Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Numerical Control Programmer
Lead Machinist
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Technician Line Leader
2nd Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Line Leader 2nd Shift Supervisor
Shift Production Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician Line Leader
Cell Leader
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Cell Operator 3.1 years
Machine Operater 3.1 years
Machine Operator 3.0 years
Line Operator 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Machine Operator
Cashier 17.8%
Cook 4.8%
Assembler 4.6%
Packer 3.3%
Supervisor 3.1%
Manager 3.0%
Operator 2.9%
Driver 2.7%
Stocker 2.7%
Top Careers After Machine Operator
Cashier 10.6%
Driver 5.3%
Assembler 5.3%
Operator 4.0%
Technician 3.5%
Packer 3.4%
Supervisor 3.3%
Cook 3.1%

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Machine Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

65.3%

Female

24.9%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.2%

French

5.0%

Arabic

2.4%

German

2.2%

Hmong

2.0%

Portuguese

1.9%

Polish

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Carrier

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Russian

0.8%

Italian

0.7%

Khmer

0.5%

Japanese

0.5%

Mandarin

0.4%

Somali

0.4%

Bosnian

0.4%

Swahili

0.4%

Thai

0.4%

Croatian

0.4%
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Machine Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.2%

The Academy

10.5%

Grand Rapids Community College

6.5%

Kaplan University

5.3%

Baker College

5.1%

Ashford University

5.0%

Greenville Technical College

4.1%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.1%

A-Technical College

4.0%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.9%

Everest Institute

3.8%

Strayer University

3.7%

Central State University

3.4%

Macomb Community College

3.4%

Piedmont Technical College

3.1%

Oakland Community College

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.0%

Fox Valley Technical College

2.9%

Wayne County Community College District

2.9%

Gateway Technical College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

22.5%

General Studies

9.5%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Computer Science

5.3%

Automotive Technology

5.0%

Medical Assisting Services

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Accounting

4.6%

Nursing

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Precision Metal Working

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Education

3.1%

Industrial Technology

3.1%

Psychology

2.5%

Information Technology

2.4%

Management

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

48.3%

Associate

19.5%

Bachelors

14.7%

Certificate

10.0%

Diploma

5.1%

Masters

1.7%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kroger
Highest Paying City
Portland, OR
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Machine Operator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Machine Operator in the United States is $28,712 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $36,000.

Real Machine Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Operator of GRS 10 Machine American Suncraft Co., Inc. Apr 18, 2016 $58,240 -
$66,560
Farm Machine Operator Douglas Fitterer New England, ND Feb 15, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator T Swenson Trucking, LLC Grenora, ND Oct 03, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Kurt Groszhans Ashley, ND Jan 03, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Smith Farms Ltd.-Nathan Smith Sawyer, ND Jan 04, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Robert Hay Farms Inc. Crosby, ND Jan 04, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Craig S. Fisher Richardton, ND Jun 30, 2015 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Kurt Groszhans Ashley, ND Mar 01, 2015 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Craig S. Fisher Richardton, ND Feb 05, 2016 $37,566
Machine Operator Beacon Reel Company New Milford, CT Sep 26, 2016 $33,717
Machine Operator Metal Techniques, Inc. Parksdale, CA Jan 19, 2016 $32,157
Machine Operators BB Stoneworks, Inc. Lyons, CO Apr 01, 2016 $31,848
Machine Operator I Brookfield Resource Management Elmsford, NY Jun 25, 2015 $31,366
Sawing Machine Operators Loftco, LLC Las Vegas, NV Feb 26, 2016 $31,117
Farm Machine Operator Farming Friends, Inc. Johnson City, KS Feb 25, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Winsome Farms GP Johnson City, KS Feb 28, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Scott and Janet Dowling Midland, SD Feb 15, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator SJ Dowling Partnership Midland, SD Jan 12, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Jason Kadrmas Dickinson, ND Feb 22, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Justin Folvag Williston, ND Jan 15, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Susan Kadrmas Dickinson, ND Feb 22, 2015 $27,987
Canning Machine Operator Atlas Brewing Company LLC Chicago, IL May 11, 2015 $27,402
Farm Machine Operator William Keith Chisholm Gary, MN Apr 18, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Precision Pumping, Inc. Villard, MN Dec 04, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Kevin Quick Borup, MN Nov 05, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC Sturgeon Bay, WI May 17, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Lennard AG Co Howe, IN Jan 08, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Rostad Farms LLP Zumbrota, MN Sep 30, 2016 $25,086
Tortilla Machine Operator Tortilleria Nixtamal, LLC NY Aug 15, 2016 $24,835
Machine Shop Operator H & F Waterwell Drilling Seminole, TX Apr 14, 2015 $24,627 -
$25,627

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Top Skills for A Machine Operator

  1. Inspect Parts
  2. Heavy Machinery
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operate stamping and bending machinery and inspect parts for conformity to specifications.
  • Operated heavy machinery including Operated backhoe, bobcat, excavator on a regular basis for commercial and residential projects
  • Followed strict operational safety procedures, reducing down time and accidents.
  • Operated Mill Swiss CNC, Quality Assurance Manager, Operated Sierra Skive and Burnish machinery mastery.
  • Monitor machine operation and control panel displays and compare readings to specifications to detect malfunctions.

What is it like to work as a Machine Operator

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Top 10 Best States for Machine Operators

  1. Kentucky
  2. North Dakota
  3. Nebraska
  4. Wisconsin
  5. South Dakota
  6. Kansas
  7. Idaho
  8. Vermont
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Wyoming
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