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

Average Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers make around $15.60 per hour. Total incomes of Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $52K. Although more than half have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,619 - $61,183
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$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,617
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$11.73 - $21.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,619 - $61,183  
   
Bonus
$150.50 - $4,086  
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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$25,560 - $51,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $21.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.69  
Overtime
$16.80 - $30.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$150.50 - $4,086  
   
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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$25,560 - $51,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,184

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,107

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For Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Oklahoma City (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Dallas and Grand Rapids also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Advice

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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 214 votes.
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
up arrow 14%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 11%

SolidWorks
up arrow 9%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 5%

Blueprints
up arrow 5%

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

CNC/NC
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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