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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary

Men account for the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.65 per hour. Cash earnings for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $58K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,425 - $62,825
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$30K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,197
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$12.59 - $24.40
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$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,425 - $62,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,747  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,077  
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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$28,561 - $58,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.59 - $24.40  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $34.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,747  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,077  
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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$28,561 - $58,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,730
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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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As Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists transition into upper-level roles such as Manufacturing Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Manufacturing Engineers on average earn $61K per year. It is not unusual for a Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist to become a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


Survey results imply that Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, CNC/NC, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, Everett offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Rockford and Phoenix (8 percent lower and 5 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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CNC/NC
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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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 278 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 16%