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 $14.01 per hour in the United States. In the world of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, total cash compensation can vary between $23K and $43K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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While not commonly seen, Computer Numerically Controlled Operators who transition into a Computer Numerically Controlled Programmer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers is $50K per year. Career advancement for the typical Computer Numerically Controlled Operator often leads to becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Machinist Set Up Operator; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Survey results suggest that Computer Numerically Controlled Operators use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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.


For Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $34K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. 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

National Average: $31,576

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, 35 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+34 percent), Pittsburgh (+27 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), and Indianapolis (+12 percent). In Fort Worth, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Rochester and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Reviews

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

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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