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

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

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment.

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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
$33540 per year
Hourly wage
$16 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$22,490 to $26,840 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $22,490 to $26,840 per year or $11 to $13 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 Woodworking 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%) $23 $47,780
Senior (Top 25%) $19 $39,130
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $32,160
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $26,840
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $22,490

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WY $20 $41,900
CO $20 $41,070
RI $20 $40,950
IA $19 $39,890
HI $19 $39,550
CT $19 $39,480
OR $19 $39,250
NV $19 $38,980
WA $19 $38,760
NY $18 $37,730

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Woodworking 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 Woodworking Operators are in the states of WY, CO, RI, IA and HI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $46430 $22.32
Machinery Manufacturing $42680 $20.52
Nonresidential Building Construction $40760 $19.60
Building Finishing Contractors $36640 $17.61
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $36390 $17.50
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance $36130 $17.37
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $35230 $16.94
Ship and Boat Building $34560 $16.62
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $34310 $16.50
Other Textile Product Mills $34200 $16.44
Sawmills and Wood Preservation $34200 $16.44
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $34100 $16.40
Building Material and Supplies Dealers $33910 $16.30
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $33340 $16.03
Other Wood Product Manufacturing $32720 $15.73
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $32030 $15.40
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $31860 $15.32
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $31810 $15.30
Employment Services $31280 $15.04
Plastics Product Manufacturing $31140 $14.97
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $30140 $14.49
Residential Building Construction $29770 $14.31
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing $29610 $14.24
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $29100 $13.99
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $28450 $13.68
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $22590 $10.86
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing $ $*
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $ $*

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