Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Salary

A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer earns an average wage of $18.58 per hour. A skill in Troubleshooting is associated with high pay for this job.

$34,987 - $74,069
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,222
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$13.27 - $25.52
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,987 - $74,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,118  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $5,234  
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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$30,066 - $63,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $25.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.20  
Overtime
$18.84 - $37.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,118  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $5,234  
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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$30,066 - $63,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,854
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Job Description for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer

A computer numerically controlled (CNC) operator and programmer holds a highly specialized position found principally in production companies. They handle computer-programmed machinery that perform a wide variety of functions, such as drilling, cutting, or shaping materials. The raw materials handled by CNC machines may be too strong or dense for workers to shape or work with by themselves.

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Tasks

  • Recognize, deploy and properly use inserts, fixtures and tooling.
  • Read and interpret blueprints.
  • Use gages and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements.
  • Properly and safely load and unload castings and raw materials in CNC machinery.
  • Perform daily and regular cleaning and light maintenance tasks on CNC machinery.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,978

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Reviews

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

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Fort Wayne:
"Make the world go round."
Pros: Crafting objects out of nothing. Seeing the parts you make and knowing they are extremely accurate.
Cons: Stress. Low wage at my employer.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Traverse City:
"Challenging and engaging."
Pros: Using my abilities to make precision, high quality parts for major corporations to use.
Cons: It's a pretty thankless job. You will only hear about problems and not if you're doing g a good job. So take pride in your work.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Houston:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I live fairly close and have a very good working relationship with my boss and general manager.
Cons: I get all of the blame and none of the credit. The office environment is fairly hostile and I get treated as the salesmen personal drafter.

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

up arrow 8%




Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

CNC/NC
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
0%

National Average
$43,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%



AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Welding
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 597 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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