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Gear Milling Machine Setup Operator Salary

$41,623 (USD)

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Last updated: June 15, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Gear Milling Machine Setup Operator is $41,623 a year and $20 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Gear Milling Machine Setup Operator is between $31,165 and $50,305. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Sets up and operates one or more gear milling machines to machine splines or gear teeth on metal blanks, according to machining instructions and knowledge of gear milling procedures: reads blueprints or machining instructions to determine machine settings, fixtures and milling tools to use, and gear specifications, such as dimensions and tolerances.
  • Clamps workpiece in fixture or presses it onto arbor.
  • Positions and secures cutter on spindle in relation to workpiece, using wrenches.
  • Moves levers or mounts gears in machine to set feed rates and rotation speeds of cutter and workpiece in relation to each other.
  • Starts machine, turns valve handle, and directs flow of coolant against cutter and workpiece.
  • Verifies conformance of machined gears to specifications, using micrometers, gear measuring wires, and special gear inspection equipment.
  • May compute data, such as gear dimensions and machine settings, applying knowledge of shop mathematics.
  • May machine plastics or other nonmetallic materials.
  • May be required to have experience with custom or production work, or with particular material, product, or size, type, or trade name of machine.
Gear Milling Machine Setup Operator Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job family population: 17,820

Estimated population of Gear Milling Machine Setup Operator jobs: 1,157

Rate of error: 7.2%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Gear Milling Machine Setup Operator Job Listings for United States

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Woodlawn, MD, USA
Masis Professional Group
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Milling Machine Operator
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Express Employment Professionals
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Thornton, CA, USA
Marathon Staffing
... machine operator • Working knowledge of diverse high-speed machinery and measurement tools ... use of protective gear) • Analytical skills • Attention to detail • Teamwork and ...
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