Men account for the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.24 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists stretch from $29K on the lower end to $58K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,742 - $60,116
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MEDIAN: $44,878
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$13.00 - $25.22
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,742 - $60,116  
   
Bonus
$385.96 - $3,957  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,236  
Commission
$7,750  
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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$28,748 - $58,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $25.22  
   
Overtime
$18.40 - $36.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$385.96 - $3,957  
   
Commission
$7,750  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,236  
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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$28,748 - $58,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,855
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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 advance into the role of a Manufacturing Engineer are fairly uncommon. Manufacturing Engineers on average earn $62K per year. However, becoming a Machinist or Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer is a more frequent transition for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


Survey results imply that Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Precision Measurement, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Editing, and set up. Most people experienced in CNC/NC also know Machine Operation and Blueprints.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,891

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For Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+15 percent), Dayton (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), and Indianapolis (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Grand Rapids, 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Tulsa (11 percent lower and 9 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
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Setup
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CNC/NC
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Blueprints
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National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
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set up
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Editing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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