Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.86 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators stretch from $22K on the lower end to $43K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,032 - $55,624
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$56K
MEDIAN: $33,970
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$10.18 - $18.39
(Median)
$10
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,032 - $55,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,558  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$22,446 - $42,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $18.39  
   
Overtime
$14.77 - $26.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,558  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$22,446 - $42,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,144
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Computer Numerically Controlled Operators move into roles as Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, where pay is an average $50K per year. It is quite typical for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators to transition into roles as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Machinist Set Up Operators, where reported median earnings are $10K and $8K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Job skills reported by Computer Numerically Controlled Operators are limited. Most notably, skills in CNC/NC, Blueprints, Machine Operation, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know CNC/NC.

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

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


For Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators will find that Cincinnati offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+32 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Tulsa (+17 percent), and Indianapolis (+17 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Fort Worth is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Rochester and 3 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Reviews

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

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Menomonee Falls:
"Helping Each Other."
Pros: We help each other out a lot and make sure the job is finished correctly.
Cons: The company doesn't see what we have improved in the last year and thinks we just slack off.

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries

CNC/NC
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Blueprints
up arrow 4%

Machine Operation
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National Average
$31,000

Precision Measurement
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 26%
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