Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary

Male Computer Numerically Controlled Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.33 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators runs from $23K to $43K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,990 - $75,000
$24K
$38K
$75K
MEDIAN: $38,398
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$10.85 - $18.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,990 - $75,000  
   
Bonus
$198.43 - $4,562  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $3,109  
Total Pay (?
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$23,486 - $43,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $18.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.60 - $27.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$198.43 - $4,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $3,109  
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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$23,486 - $43,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,121

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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

  • Operate a jib crane to manipulate parts.
  • Perform basic quality checks at the point of production using scales, micrometers, calipers and gages.
  • Notify and involve the supervisor of any problems or issues that arise during production.
  • Interpret sketches in order to provide a quality finished product.
  • Operate and set up CNC machine.

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


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Computer Numerically Controlled Operators sometimes assume positions such as Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers. That role pays $51K per year on average. 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 $7K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Blueprints, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Those familiar with CNC/NC also tend to know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator

Pay by Experience for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 872 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 257 salaries. An experienced Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 159 salaries. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 55 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,265

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For Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, busy Cincinnati offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), Pittsburgh (+3 percent), and Detroit (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Fort Worth is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Los Angeles and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Reviews

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

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator in Niles:
"Decent work."
Pros: It's fairly simple once you learn how to run and use the machines. Can get a bit technical but personally a challenge can be fun.
Cons: Dishonest upper management and lack of a future in the company. Ie. Dead end job. Bad atmosphere for the factory workers, treated like lower class people.

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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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries

▲26%

▲21%

▲7%

National Average
$32,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries


▲5%


Equipment Maintenance
▲3%

▲2%


National Average
$32,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 28%