Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $13.86 per hour. Final cash compensation to Computer Numerically Controlled Operators varies from around $23K to approximately $42K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $6K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,032 - $55,624

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$10.22 - $18.46

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,032 - $55,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,569  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,918  
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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$22,530 - $42,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $18.46  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $26.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,569  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,918  
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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$22,530 - $42,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,167
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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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There are some Computer Numerically Controlled Operators — though it's uncommon — that transition into Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, where earnings are an average $50K annually. A common career progression for a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator is to become a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator. Compared to Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, the first group earns $10K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators only report a few specific 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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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


With a pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Cincinnati offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+32 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Tulsa (+17 percent), and Indianapolis (+17 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Rochester is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Fort Worth and Cleveland (14 percent lower and 6 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

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 217 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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