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 $17.73 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can bottom out near $28K or peak near $58K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,848 - $61,313
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,121
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$12.82 - $24.57
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,848 - $61,313  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
Profit Sharing
$576 - $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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$28,469 - $57,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $34.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$576 - $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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$28,469 - $57,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,913
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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 not the most common occurrence, Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists sometimes become Manufacturing Engineers, where the average income is $61K per year. Moving from a Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist to Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or Machinist is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 6 percent. Those familiar with CNC/NC also tend to 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. 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 $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+19 percent), Everett (+18 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Rockford is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Pittsburgh and Tulsa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 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
up arrow 4%

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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