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Woodworking Machine Setters, Operator, and Tender Salary Information

The salary statistics of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Woodworking Machine Setters, Operator, and Tender Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,970
25th Percentile Wage
$23,110
50th Percentile Wage
$28,460
75th Percentile Wage
$35,510
90th Percentile Wage
$42,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders is $42,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,970. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 114% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201628,4602.28%6.08%
201527,8101.83%-
201427,3000.92%-
201327,0501.18%-
201226,730--

Table 2. Woodworking Machine Setters, Operator, and Tender Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $35,150. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $23,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,150
Transportation and Warehousing
$34,910
Construction
$31,410
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$30,570
Retail Trade
$29,560
Wholesale Trade
$29,280
Manufacturing
$28,420
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,970
Federal, State, and Local Government
$27,820
Health Care and Social Assistance
$25,230
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,460


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