Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Salary

A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer earns an average wage of $18.56 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Engineering Design, CAD/CAM, and SolidWorks.

$32,240 - $78,765
$32K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,659
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$13.10 - $26.05
$13
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MEDIAN: $18.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,240 - $78,765  
   
Bonus
$306.39 - $5,078  
Profit Sharing
$486.89 - $8,090  
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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$29,080 - $63,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 350
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $26.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.68  
Overtime
$19.16 - $38.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$306.39 - $5,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.89 - $8,090  
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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$29,080 - $63,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,744

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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

  • 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.
  • Use gages and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements.
  • Recognize, deploy and properly use inserts, fixtures and tooling.
  • Read and interpret blueprints.

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 1,356 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 900 salaries. An experienced Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 946 salaries. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 622 salaries.

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National Average: $42,598

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 522 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Salaries

▲23%

▲13%

▼0%

National Average
$43,000

▼15%

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


▲11%

▲10%

Programming
▲8%





▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$43,000


CNC Process Engineering
▼3%

Precision Measurement
▼3%

AutoCAD
▼4%

Welding
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 522 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 22%