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

Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers can expect wages of $15.73 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $52K. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers is high. While nearly one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and nearly one-half have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,552 - $63,770
$26K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $40,948
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$11.70 - $21.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$25,552 - $63,770  
   
Bonus
$192.71 - $5,027  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $4,027  
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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$25,413 - $52,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $21.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.69  
Overtime
$17.06 - $31.81  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$192.71 - $5,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $4,027  
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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$25,413 - $52,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,321

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,478

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Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Oklahoma City (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Dayton Entry-Level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (15 percent lower) and Dallas (12 percent lower).

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 256 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

▲11%

Engineering Design
▲11%

SolidWorks
▲10%

▲6%



Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$36,000


Autodesk AutoCAD
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 27%
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