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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States, bringing in about $13.81 per hour. Total cash compensation to Computer Numerically Controlled Operators approaches anywhere from $22K on the lower end to $43K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,422 - $56,000
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,379
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$10.12 - $18.31
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$10
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,422 - $56,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
Profit Sharing
$227.52 - $5,960  
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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$22,208 - $42,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $18.31  
   
Overtime
$14.69 - $26.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
   
Profit Sharing
$227.52 - $5,960  
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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$22,208 - $42,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,074
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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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While not commonly seen, Computer Numerically Controlled Operators who transition into a Computer Numerically Controlled Programmer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers is $50K per year. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators typically move into roles as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Machinist Set Up Operators, and those positions pay $10K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Typical Computer Numerically Controlled Operators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in CNC/NC, Blueprints, Machine Operation, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people who know Blueprints also 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $30K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $34K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $40K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, working in the bustling city of Cincinnati has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+32 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), Tulsa (+18 percent), and Milwaukee (+13 percent). Fort Worth is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Employers in Rochester and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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


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Machine Operation
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National Average
$31,000

Precision Measurement
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 25%
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