How Much Do Pressing Machine Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Extruding, Forming, Pressing and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders

Extruding, Forming, Pressing and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass-forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$38440 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,830 to $29,780 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Extruding, Forming, Pressing and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,830 to $29,780 per year or $12 to $14 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Extruding, Forming, Pressing and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $27 $55,300
Senior (Top 25%) $22 $46,010
Middle (Mid 50%) $18 $36,560
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $29,780
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,830

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MT $24 $49,640
ID $24 $49,290
CO $23 $48,140
CT $22 $46,670
WA $21 $44,480
NY $21 $44,350
NJ $21 $43,870
NE $21 $43,220
OR $21 $42,750
VA $21 $42,660

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Extruding, Forming, Pressing and Compacting Machine Setter, Operator and Tender is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Pressing Machine Operators are in the states of MT, ID, CO, CT and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $55670 $26.76
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $51190 $24.61
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $50540 $24.30
Tobacco Manufacturing $46810 $22.50
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $45430 $21.84
Other Food Manufacturing $45380 $21.82
Building Finishing Contractors $45090 $21.68
Beverage Manufacturing $45080 $21.67
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $43270 $20.80
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $43270 $20.80
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $42980 $20.66
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $41640 $20.02
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $41600 $20.00
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $41500 $19.95
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $41180 $19.80
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $40990 $19.71
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $40750 $19.59
Dairy Product Manufacturing $40140 $19.30
Chemical Manufacturing $40000 $19.23
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $39970 $19.22
Grain and Oilseed Milling $39970 $19.22
Machinery Manufacturing $39890 $19.18
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $39760 $19.11
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $39640 $19.06
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $39480 $18.98
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $39170 $18.83
Local Government $39000 $18.75
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $38900 $18.70
Chemical Manufacturing $38030 $18.28
Rubber Product Manufacturing $37620 $18.09

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