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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $13.79 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators — including $2K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $22K to $42K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, one in four claim no health benefits at all. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary (?
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$23,784 - $50,998
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MEDIAN: $32,182
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salary (?
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$10.10 - $18.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,784 - $50,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,563  
Profit Sharing
$226.00 - $3,000  
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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$22,429 - $42,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $18.01  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $26.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,563  
   
Profit Sharing
$226.00 - $3,000  
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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$22,429 - $42,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 977
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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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Computer Numerically Controlled Operators who go on to become Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers is $50K annually. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Machinist Set Up Operators. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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 Blueprints, CNC/NC, Machine Operation, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 5 percent. Most people familiar with Blueprints also know 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$31,000
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Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in Pittsburgh receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+13 percent) and Chicago (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Rochester, 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Grand Rapids and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, 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

Machine Operation
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CNC/NC
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National Average
$31,000
Precision Measurement
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%