Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in the United States, bringing in about $17.78 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists spread between $29K and $58K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,026 - $61,081

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$12.88 - $24.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,026 - $61,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,971  
Profit Sharing
$580 - $4,500  
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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$28,618 - $57,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $24.65  
   
Overtime
$17.48 - $34.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,971  
   
Profit Sharing
$580 - $4,500  
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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$28,618 - $57,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,934
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


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Though some Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists move into positions like Manufacturing Engineer (where the average salary is $61K), this progression is not the norm. More often, however, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists go on to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Machinists.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Machine Operation. Most people familiar with CNC/NC also know Machine Operation.

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

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


For many Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists that is 18 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+18 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and Cincinnati (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Rockford is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Tulsa (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salaries

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Precision Machining
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CNC/NC
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Blueprints
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National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 310 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 16%
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