Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.01 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $23K to approximately $43K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and over one-half have dental, as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Computer Numerically Controlled Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,584 - $53,642
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,384
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$10.35 - $18.60
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$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,584 - $53,642  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $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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$22,745 - $42,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $18.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.05 - $26.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $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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$22,745 - $42,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,341
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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 $50K per year. The most common next step for a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator is to become a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, CNC/NC, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in 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.


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,576

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For those looking to make money, Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+34 percent), Pittsburgh (+27 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), and Indianapolis (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Fort Worth, 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Rochester and Cleveland (14 percent lower).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Reviews

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

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 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
$32,000


Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries

CNC/NC
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Blueprints
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
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National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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