Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary

Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.25 per hour. Total cash compensation for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists runs from $29K to $58K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,799 - $60,116
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MEDIAN: $45,215
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$13.03 - $25.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,799 - $60,116  
   
Bonus
$385.41 - $3,465  
Profit Sharing
$290.03 - $5,068  
Commission
$7,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,957 - $58,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $25.11  
   
Overtime
$18.45 - $36.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$385.41 - $3,465  
   
Commission
$7,750  
Profit Sharing
$290.03 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,957 - $58,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,906

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Job Description for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists are responsible for operating machine tools to create metallic pieces. They set up industrial machinery and oversee its functioning. CNC machinists must be able to interpret and use blueprints for specific piece design, as well as calibrate equipment to follow product specifications. They also follow strict company and industry safety regulations, as well as a tightly controlled sequence of functions.

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tasks

  • Determine the sequence of machine operations and develop programs that run the machine tools.
  • Retest and rewrite CNC programs to ensure proper functioning.

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


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At the upper end, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists who move into a Mechanical Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Mechanical Engineers is a much higher $64K per year. A Machinist or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer is a typical transition from a Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist role.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CAD/CAM, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Editing, and set up. Those familiar with CNC/NC also tend to know Machine Operation and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. For Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,893

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Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+7 percent), Oklahoma City (+6 percent), Houston (+5 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Grand Rapids. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Tulsa (11 percent lower).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist?

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in Laurens:
"Love the occupation."
Pros: Laid back Night supervisor. Plenty of smoke breaks. Eat at your station. Flexible with absences. Relatively low stress or pressure on nights. $0.50 night differential. Strong sense of team work on Nights.
Cons: Skilled/but outdated supervisor on Nights. Complete lack of communication plant wide. Empty promises from Management. Disorganized Management. Disorganization between days and nights. Zero programming, engineering, or maintenance help on nights. Ever changing part specifications to determine good or bad parts. Absolute minimal training. Drama filled due to one employee. Days against Nights atmosphere. Essentially set up for failure, Ex: given Timex material, required to make Rolex quality parts.

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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$41,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salaries



▲7%



Setup
▲2%

▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$41,000


set up
▼3%

Editing
▼8%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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