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Cutter Grinder Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$47,153 (USD)

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Last updated: May 22, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Cutter Grinder Operator is $47,153 a year and $23 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Cutter Grinder Operator is between $35,114 and $57,180. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Cutter Grinder Operator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Operates and prepares grinding machines, such as surface and universal, carbide, drill, and tool-and-cutter grinders, to sharpen cutting tools to specifications, using blueprints, job orders, and knowledge of abrasives and metal properties.
  • Examines blueprints and job orders to plan production sequence.
  • Picks grinding wheel of shape and grade and attaches to spindle, using wrenches.
  • Positions and secures cutting tool on machine table, using magnetic chuck or holding fixture, or mounts tool on arbor and clamps between centers.
  • Turns hand wheels to position table or spindle to obtain specified taper and bevel on edges of cutting tools.
  • Moves controls to set cutting tool rotation speed, feed rate, and grinding wheel rotation speed.
  • Starts machine and turns wheel or engages feed to move work piece to grinding wheel.
  • Measures sharpened cutting tools to verify conformance to specifications, using fixed gauges, micrometers, calipers, optical comparators, and surface gauges.
  • Dresses abrasive wheel to change cutting action or shape.
  • May grind special form tools, involving special setups and wheel dressing.
  • May analyze specifications and select tooling to be used on production jobs.
  • May design, modify, or make special tools according to specifications or tooling requirements.
  • May braze or solder carbide tips to cutting tools.
  • May be required to have specialized experience with particular type of cutting tool sharpened or machine operated.
Cutter Grinder Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Job family population: 8,060

Estimated population of Cutter Grinder Operator jobs: 649

Rate of error: 4.4%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Cutter Grinder Operator Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Multi Machine Operator - Plastics
Apr 29
East Chicago, IN, USA
Masis Professional Group
Take measurements and mark material for cutting or shaping * Select appropriate machines (e.g. ... lathes, grinders etc.) * Ability to use precision tools (e.g. calipers) to take accurate ...
Screw Machine Operator
Apr 9
Glendale Heights, IL, USA
Elgen Staffing
Sets cutting speeds and feed rates. * Moves controls to cycle machine through settings, stopping ... Operates bench grinder to sharpen tools. * Machines nonmetallic materials. * Performs duties in ...
Screw machine Setup / Operator (1st shift) 19-00129
May 21
Carpentersville, IL, USA
ESPO Engineering Corp
Screw machine Setup / Operator (1st shift) Location: Carpentersville, IL Pay Rate: $16-18/hr ... grind and sharpen drills, cutters, cut off tools, select speeds and feeds for standard jobs ...
Production Batch Mixer / Machine Operator 19-00314
Apr 19
Waukegan, IL, USA
ESPO Engineering Corp
Production Batch Mixer / Machine Operator Location: Waukegan, IL Duration: Temp-to-Hire Hours: 2nd ... Set up and operate cutting or grinding equipment to reduce the particle size of ingredients
HAAS CNC Programmer/Machine Operator
Mar 15
Des Plaines, IL, USA
Plitek, L.L.C.
Experience with programing and using Prototrak Vertical Mill, surface grinder, lathe, etc. a must. ... Our converting capabilities include precision die cutting, multi-layer laminating, custom film ...
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