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Machine Shop Machine Setter Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$39,224 (USD)

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Last updated: June 26, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Machine Shop Machine Setter is $39,224 a year and $19 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Machine Shop Machine Setter is between $29,728 and $47,047. 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

  • Prepares and adjusts machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, boring machines, drills and punch presses, grinders, gear hobbers, and plastic molding machines for other workers, such as production-machine tenders, according to specifications and tooling instructions, applying knowledge of machining methods.
  • Reads blueprint or job order for product specifications, such as dimensions and tolerances, and tooling instructions, such as feed rate, cutting speed, depth of cut, fixtures, and cutting tools to be used.
  • Installs and adjusts holding device and fastens specified cutting and shaping tools in position to enable operator to produce finished workpiece to specifications, using handtools, such as wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers.
  • Selects and sets speed and feed of machine according to type of operation and specified material and finish.
  • Starts machine to obtain first-run workpiece and verifies dimensional tolerances, using micrometers, gauges, and templates.
  • Changes worn cutting tools and adjusts operation of machine, such as cutting speed, feed rate, or depth of cut, when required.
  • May replace parts on machines, such as bearings, filters, wiring, and switches, using handtools.
  • May instruct operators or other workers in machine setup and operation.
  • May set up machines and equipment other than machine tools, such as welding machine and flame cutting equipment.
Machine Shop Machine Setter Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job family population: 121,160

Estimated population of Machine Shop Machine Setter jobs: 5,092

Rate of error: 1.9%

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 2,705,994 (2018), 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...

Machine Shop Machine Setter Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Machine Shop Helper
Jun 14
Bedford Park, IL, USA
Crown Services, Inc. - Chicago - Burbank
An industrial metal fabrication company in the Bedford Park area is looking for Machine Shop Helpers. Our client is one of the Midwest's oldest and largest metal fabrication and welding services.
Machine Shop Foreman/Supervisor
Jun 7
Bridgeview, IL, USA
Norman Filter Company is looking for a Machine Shop Foreman/Supervisor Summary The Machine Shop Foreman/Supervisor requires the ability to plan, lead, develop and direct skilled production machining ...
Team Lead, Machine & Fabrication
Jun 11
Kenosha, WI, USA
R+D Custom Automation
Company Summary · R+D Custom Automation began in 1977 as a Tool & Die Shop · Amazing company ... Sets up and operates machines and machining centers. Responsibilities include but are not limited ...
Fabrication Machine Operators
Jun 19
University Park, IL, USA
Work in a machine shop surrounded by various machinery and a sometimes very dirty environment * Operate machinery such as Punch Press, Drill Press, Grinder, Notcher, and/or Press Brake * Order ...
Machine Operator
Jun 19
Wheeling, IL, USA
Snelling Staffing, L.L.C.
Basic shop math skills * Entry level position. 1 year operating machinery and equipment in a manufacturing environment preferred, or equivalent experience * Maintain organization to ISO operation ...
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