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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 $13.81 per hour. In the world of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $22K and $43K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Computer Numerically Controlled Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,888 - $56,766
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$57K
MEDIAN: $34,997
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$10.09 - $18.28
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,888 - $56,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
Profit Sharing
$226.00 - $6,000  
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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$22,162 - $42,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $18.28  
   
Overtime
$14.65 - $26.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
Profit Sharing
$226.00 - $6,000  
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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$22,162 - $42,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,053

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Computer Numerically Controlled Operators move into roles as Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, where pay is an average $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


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $29K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. For Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Computer Numerically Controlled Operators, Cincinnati offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+30 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), Tulsa (+18 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Fort Worth is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Grand Rapids and Rochester are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 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

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Machine Operation
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National Average
$31,000

Precision Measurement
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 25%
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