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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary

A sizeable majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.67 per hour. Final cash compensation to Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists varies from around $29K to approximately $58K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $4K, respectively. Experience level 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 is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,620 - $63,421
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,502
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$12.76 - $24.57
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,620 - $63,421  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,960  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,069  
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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$28,566 - $58,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $34.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,069  
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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$28,566 - $58,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,862

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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 transition into a Manufacturing Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $61K per year. A Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist often moves on to become a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those educated in CNC/NC tend to be well versed in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, 23 percent higher than the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+19 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Rockford ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (7 percent less) and Phoenix (3 percent less).

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
up arrow 4%

CNC/NC
up arrow 4%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 4%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 306 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 17%