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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary (United States)

Male Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.63 per hour in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists spread between $28K and $59K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary (?
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$30,630 - $63,611
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MEDIAN: $45,208
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary (?
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$12.61 - $24.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,630 - $63,611  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,489  
Profit Sharing
$498.00 - $3,936  
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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$28,490 - $58,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.61 - $24.31  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $34.41  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,489  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.00 - $3,936  
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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$28,490 - $58,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,570
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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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At the upper end, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists who move into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Production Supervisor, Manufacturings is $50K per year. Becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator is a common transition from a Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist role.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Survey results suggest that Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in CAD/CAM, CNC/NC, Precision Machining, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in CNC/NC indicates knowledge of Machine Operation.

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

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For many Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. 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. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, about one-half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For those looking to make money, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in Everett enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Houston, top-paying cities where Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists see paychecks higher than average (+15 percent, +13 percent, +10 percent, and +8 percent). Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in Pittsburgh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Employers in San Diego and Oklahoma City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 16%