Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Salary

The average Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer can expect to rake in roughly $15.69 per hour. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers varies from around $26K to approximately $52K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $8K, respectively. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers is high. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,872 - $61,103
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MEDIAN: $41,246
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$11.75 - $21.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,872 - $61,103  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $3,839  
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $7,891  
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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$25,547 - $51,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $21.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.69  
Overtime
$17.02 - $31.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$154.56 - $3,839  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $7,891  
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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$25,547 - $51,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,237

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,429

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Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Oklahoma City (+16 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Employers in Columbus and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Rochester:
"Great Job."
My job pays well and were in very high demand. Don't be turned away from this job! It's highly technical and you can be challenged on a daily basis on how to make very complicated precision components. It's so much fun!

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Farmington Hills:
The job starts out slow, but gradually becomes more interesting as more time goes on. Be prepared to do "grunt" work as a beginner. Ask A LOT of questions, and don't be afraid to do your job. You will scrap parts, I promise you that, but be sure to learn from your mistakes. Learn as much as you can about the product you make. This will better you and make you more valuable. Learn as many machines as you can. Flexibility in machining skills is becoming a key asset in manufacturing, so learn as much as you can. As new technology is introduced to the industry, do what you can to learn it. Manufacturing is based on technology, if you don't know the technology, you won't have a job. Don't take criticism to heart, but use it to become a better, more efficient operator/programmer. Attention to detail is an absolute must.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Carol Stream:
"Check Which Job We Have, Then Setup Or Program It "
I setup vertical or horizontal machining center, check job card and get tools, send program to machine or if we have to write it and then set it up on the machine.

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 239 votes.
074
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
22%
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Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Salaries

Engineering Design
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CAD/CAM
up arrow 11%

SolidWorks
up arrow 10%

Blueprints
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

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National Average
$36,000

Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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