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

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

Forging Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders, Metal And Plastic

Forging Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders, Metal And Plastic set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

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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
$43480 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,180 to $33,790 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Forging Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,180 to $33,790 per year or $14 to $16 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 Forging Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 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%) $30 $62,550
Senior (Top 25%) $25 $52,420
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $41,430
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $33,790
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $28,180

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $24 $50,050
IN $24 $49,450
OR $24 $49,270
WI $23 $48,390
KY $23 $48,160
PA $22 $45,950
IL $22 $45,880
NE $22 $45,270
CA $22 $44,860
CO $22 $44,760

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Forging Machine Operators are in the states of NY, IN, OR, WI and KY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $58460 $28.11
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $56800 $27.31
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $50160 $24.12
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $46990 $22.59
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $46950 $22.57
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $45980 $22.11
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $43830 $21.07
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $43030 $20.69
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $42570 $20.47
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $42330 $20.35
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing $41950 $20.17
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $41790 $20.09
Foundries $41710 $20.05
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $41430 $19.92
Machinery Manufacturing $40290 $19.37
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $39800 $19.13
Plastics Product Manufacturing $36120 $17.37
Employment Services $35820 $17.22
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $ $*

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