A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator earns an average wage of $13.84 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Total Pay (?
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$23,807 - $47,344
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MEDIAN: $31,721
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Total Pay (?
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$10.03 - $18.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,807 - $47,344  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,958  
Profit Sharing
$99.10 - $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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$22,317 - $42,566  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,058
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $18.27  
   
Overtime
$14.72 - $26.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,958  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.10 - $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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$22,317 - $42,566  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,058
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator
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Pay Difference By Location
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$31,000
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries

Blueprints
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$31,000
CNC/NC
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Precision Measurement
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Gender
Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 22%
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