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

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists earn an average of $17.63 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $12.61 per hour to $24.31. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists is high. This report is based on answers to 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 (?
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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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists. At the upper end, those who move into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role can bring in an extra $9,427 per year. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist often moves on to become a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator.

Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. It is often found that people who know CNC/NC are also skilled in Machine Operation.

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

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Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $34K, increasing to $40K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $46K. After two decades on the job, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists see salary growth dwindle, averaging $50K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 28 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one-fifth. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$41,000
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Everett offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists, 18 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinists in Pittsburgh bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (-6 percent) and Oklahoma City (-2 percent).

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salaries

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$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%