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

An average Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer can expect to take home roughly $15.90 per hour. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers range from $26K on the low end to $53K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$26,240 - $67,044
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$41K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,493
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$11.82 - $21.41
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$0$67K
Salary $26,240 - $67,044
Bonus $153.19 - $5,093
Profit Sharing $402.68 - $3,973
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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$25,690 - $52,807
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 148
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.82 - $21.41
Hourly Tips $0.69
Overtime $17.30 - $31.46
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $153.19 - $5,093
Profit Sharing $402.68 - $3,973
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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$25,690 - $52,807
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,352

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,896

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Oklahoma City (+15 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dayton Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Dallas (16 percent lower and 13 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 Minneapolis:
Go into computer programming machining does not pay enough find a different job.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Binghamton:
"Take your time."
Take your time, speed comes with experience.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Elk Grove Village:
"CNC Machining."
Stay up to date with changing technologies.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Fenton:
"Be organized and take notes."
Be organized and take notes.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer in Orange:
"Stress levels."
Read reviews and make sure their growth opportunity.

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 278 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

▲10%

SolidWorks
▲9%

Engineering Design
▲9%


▲4%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$37,000


Autodesk AutoCAD
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 27%
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