Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States, bringing in about $14.53 per hour. Total cash compensation for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators runs from $24K to $44K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,653 - $93,080
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$93K
MEDIAN: $38,646
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$10.92 - $19.09
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$0$93K
Salary $24,653 - $93,080
Bonus $191.89 - $4,637
Profit Sharing $146.81 - $3,091
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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$23,886 - $44,392
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 53
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $10.92 - $19.09
Hourly Tips $0.38
Overtime $15.78 - $27.59
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $191.89 - $4,637
Profit Sharing $146.81 - $3,091
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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$23,886 - $44,392
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,105

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Job Description for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator

CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) operators work in machinist positions in production facilities. CNC operators work with various shop machines to fabricate parts for assembly, usually from various metal compounds. They also set up their assigned machines for parts assembly runs, and then test the machines to ensure proper execution of the run. CNC operators also make adjustments as necessary to ensure the piece being fabricated or cut conforms to listed specifications. As each production run concludes, they physically inspect and measure each part created as well. It is vitally important at this point in the manufacturing process that parts are one hundred percent compliant with even the most minute details of an assembly specification. Part of CNC operators' jobs also involves monitoring machinery to verify it is operating properly and at peak efficiency.

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Tasks

  • Interpret sketches in order to provide a quality finished product.
  • Operate and set up CNC machine.
  • Notify and involve the supervisor of any problems or issues that arise during production.
  • Operate a jib crane to manipulate parts.
  • Perform basic quality checks at the point of production using scales, micrometers, calipers and gages.

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


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Computer Numerically Controlled Operators who advance into the role of a Computer Numerically Controlled Programmer are fairly uncommon. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers on average earn $51K per year. Career advancement for the typical Computer Numerically Controlled Operator often leads to becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Blueprints, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know CNC/NC also know Blueprints.

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 872 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 257 salaries. An experienced Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 159 salaries. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 55 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,789

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With a pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators that is 39 percent greater than the national average, Cincinnati offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Phoenix (+7 percent), Pittsburgh (+1 percent), and Detroit (+1 percent). Fort Worth is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Los Angeles and 13 percent less in Cleveland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator?

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Niles:
"Decent work."
Pros: It's fairly simple once you learn how to run and use the machines. Can get a bit technical but personally a challenge can be fun.
Cons: Dishonest upper management and lack of a future in the company. Ie. Dead end job. Bad atmosphere for the factory workers, treated like lower class people.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Ashland:
"Sometimes its a mind twister use of x;y;z programs but more."
Pros: Changing programs and computer input data is the fun part.
Cons: Machine jams and crashes.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Ohio:
"Great Job!"
Pros: That you have to think and complete jobs based on criteria and check for any issues that may arise.
Cons: The pay at my current cnc job isn't what it should be.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Indio:
"The knowledge."
Pros: Taking on responsibility and meeting deadlines, In this field ,It's what you put into it, that makes you a good operator.
Cons: The lack of communication, and assistance when I need it most.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Hebron:
"Stress level/non tedious work tasks."
Pros: Commute, starting wage, training, advancement potential.
Cons: Third shift, co-workers jealousy.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Wenatchee:
"I was after pay scale."
Pros: Puts bread on the table.
Cons: People with no experience telling me how to do my job.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Sylacauga:
Pros: The hours, and distance from home.
Cons: The management and plant conditions and operations.

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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries

▲24%

▲19%

▲5%

National Average
$33,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries


▲3%


Equipment Maintenance
▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$33,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 26%
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