A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer earns an average wage of $18.48 per hour. A skill in Engineering Design is associated with high pay for this job.

$31,980 - $76,143
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,953
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$13.09 - $25.83
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,980 - $76,143  
   
Bonus
$256.39 - $5,109  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $7,982  
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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$29,052 - $62,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $25.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.86  
Overtime
$18.96 - $38.28  
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
$256.39 - $5,109  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $7,982  
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).
)
$29,052 - $62,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,645
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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: $42,449

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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
$42,000


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


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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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CNC/NC
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Blueprints
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National Average
$42,000

Precision Measurement
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Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
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CNC Process Engineering
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Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 489 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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