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 $18.03 per hour. Final cash compensation to Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists varies from around $29K to approximately $59K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $6K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,403 - $59,956
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,740
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$12.85 - $24.98
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$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,403 - $59,956  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,460  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $5,896  
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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$28,686 - $58,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $24.98  
   
Overtime
$17.72 - $35.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,460  
   
Profit Sharing
$512 - $5,896  
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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$28,686 - $58,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,133
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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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Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists who go on to become Manufacturing Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Manufacturing Engineers is $62K annually. A Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist may also move into a role as a Machinist or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer.

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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 Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Precision Measurement, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include set up and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. For most people, competency in CNC/NC indicates knowledge of 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.


For Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. On average, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists make $47K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,944

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For Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+19 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist's salary, with Grand Rapids Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Rockford (12 percent lower and 9 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



Precision Measurement
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Precision Machining
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CNC/NC
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Blueprints
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National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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set up
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 347 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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