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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 $17.71 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists spread between $28K and $58K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,665 - $62,911
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,121
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$12.79 - $24.60
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,665 - $62,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,961  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $4,250  
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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$28,463 - $58,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $24.60  
   
Overtime
$17.65 - $34.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,961  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $4,250  
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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$28,463 - $58,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,892

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Manufacturing Engineer, where median compensation is $61K annually. A Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist is a typical transition from a Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist role.

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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 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 7 percent. For most people, competency in CNC/NC indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. 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


Everett offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, 18 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Cincinnati (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Rockford, which sits 15 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

up arrow 7%

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 307 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 16%
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