Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.81 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Numerically Controlled Operators can bottom out near $22K or peak near $43K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. Though the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,179 - $56,766
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$24K
$33K
$57K
MEDIAN: $33,267
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$10.09 - $18.31
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,179 - $56,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,528  
Profit Sharing
$226.00 - $6,000  
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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$22,227 - $42,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $18.31  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $26.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,528  
   
Profit Sharing
$226.00 - $6,000  
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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$22,227 - $42,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,040

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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 some Computer Numerically Controlled Operators move into positions like Computer Numerically Controlled Programmer (where the average salary is $50K), this progression is not the norm. 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


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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators see a median salary of $35K 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 $41K.

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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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National Average
$31,000

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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
54%
5-9 years
21%
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%