A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer earns an average wage of $18.32 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, SolidWorks, and Engineering Design.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Total Pay (?
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$34,194 - $73,074
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MEDIAN: $49,734
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Total Pay (?
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$12.75 - $25.00
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,194 - $73,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
Profit Sharing
$176.17 - $4,932  
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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$29,116 - $63,595  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,700
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $25.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$18.04 - $36.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$176.17 - $4,932  
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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$29,116 - $63,595  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,700
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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
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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 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

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$43,000

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

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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 406 votes.
Gender
Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 19%
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