Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.76 per hour nationwide. 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. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,873 - $61,279
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,023
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$12.83 - $24.63
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,873 - $61,279  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
Profit Sharing
$576 - $4,470  
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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$28,505 - $58,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.83 - $24.63  
   
Overtime
$17.53 - $34.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$576 - $4,470  
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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$28,505 - $58,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,928
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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 do not often transition into Manufacturing Engineer roles. The role averages $61K per year. However, becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or Machinist is a more frequent transition for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists.

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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, CNC/NC, and Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, 25 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+18 percent), Everett (+18 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). Rockford ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (4 percent lower) and Tulsa (3 percent lower).

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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