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

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

Separating Machine Operators

Separating Machine Operators set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators.

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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
$46850 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$27,910 to $34,230 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating and Still Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $27,910 to $34,230 per year or $13 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 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating and Still 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%) $35 $72,220
Senior (Top 25%) $27 $55,900
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,100
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $34,230
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $27,910

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WY $38 $79,900
NV $29 $59,950
NH $28 $57,610
OH $27 $55,420
AK $26 $53,730
CA $26 $53,630
NJ $26 $53,300
NC $25 $52,100
CO $24 $50,060
TN $23 $48,810

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Separating Machine Operators are in the states of WY, NV, NH, OH and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $80740 $38.82
Scientific Research and Development Services $65830 $31.65
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $65240 $31.37
Support Activities for Mining $65140 $31.32
Metal Ore Mining $58790 $28.26
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $53240 $25.60
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $53060 $25.51
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $51990 $25.00
Chemical Manufacturing $50680 $24.37
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $49140 $23.63
Beverage Manufacturing $48620 $23.38
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores $48280 $23.21
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing $47570 $22.87
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $46650 $22.43
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $46590 $22.40
Other Food Manufacturing $46420 $22.32
Local Government $46210 $22.22
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $45670 $21.96
Chemical Manufacturing $44060 $21.18
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $43990 $21.15
Dairy Product Manufacturing $43930 $21.12
Motion Picture and Video Industries $43220 $20.78
Management of Companies and Enterprises $42260 $20.32
Grain and Oilseed Milling $42120 $20.25
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $41980 $20.18
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $41850 $20.12
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $41470 $19.94
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $40860 $19.64
Support Activities for Crop Production $40300 $19.37
Waste Treatment and Disposal $39720 $19.10

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