Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in the United States, bringing in about $14.32 per hour. 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 $5K and $6K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,229 - $56,042
(Median)
$23K
$37K
$56K
MEDIAN: $37,391
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$10.77 - $19.18
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,229 - $56,042  
   
Bonus
$199.20 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$23,123 - $43,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $19.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$15.41 - $27.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$199.20 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$23,123 - $43,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,139
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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 some Computer Numerically Controlled Operators move into positions like Computer Numerically Controlled Programmer (where the average salary is $51K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $7K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Blueprints, and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Precision Measurement. For most people, competency in CNC/NC indicates knowledge of Blueprints.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Computer Numerically Controlled Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $31K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,078

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For those looking to make money, Computer Numerically Controlled Operators in Cincinnati enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Operators will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+20 percent), New York (+17 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Pittsburgh (+9 percent). In Fort Worth, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Dallas (14 percent lower and 13 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 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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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Blueprints
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Equipment Maintenance
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CNC/NC
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$32,000

Precision Measurement
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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