Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.85 per hour. Total cash earnings of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators range from $22K on the low end to $43K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,350 - $56,376
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$56K
MEDIAN: $33,970
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$10.17 - $18.35
(Median)
$10
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,350 - $56,376  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,558  
Profit Sharing
$229.09 - $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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$22,340 - $42,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $18.35  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $26.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,558  
   
Profit Sharing
$229.09 - $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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$22,340 - $42,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,128
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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 Computer Numerically Controlled Operators do not often become Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, the job pays $50K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator involves becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator, roles that pay $10K more and $8K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Professional skills reported by Computer Numerically Controlled Operators are few in number. 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. 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.


For many Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. On average, Computer Numerically Controlled Operators make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in Cincinnati receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+32 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Tulsa (+18 percent), and Indianapolis (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Fort Worth. Employers in Rochester and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 3 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
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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 214 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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