Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of CNC Programmers in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $21.16 per hour nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $2,982 and $4,750, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $38,338 or peak near $77,484. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and 41 percent have vision insurance, as well. The majority of CNC Programmers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (?
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$38,338 - $77,484
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MEDIAN: $54,538
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (?
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$14.89 - $29.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,338 - $77,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,982  
Profit Sharing
$690 - $4,750  
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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$33,827 - $73,376  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $29.43  
   
Overtime
$21.76 - $43.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,982  
   
Profit Sharing
$690 - $4,750  
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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$33,827 - $73,376  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 648
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Job Description for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

A computer numerically controlled (CNC) programmer programs the machines that cut, shape, and finish materials such as metals, plastics, or wood into usable components. The CNC programmer must study the drawings and blueprints of the components that need to be manufactured and determine which machines will be required, what they will need to do, and the order in which the work needs to be done. Often, CNC programmer are also asked to estimate how long the job will take.
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Tasks
  • Analyze blueprints and job orders before programming and compare results with original specifications.
  • Sequence automatic machine operations and select cutting tools.
  • Program, test, and revise machine programming.
  • Tooling and design of machining, including electric and sand core molds, mills, and lathes.

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

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For CNC Programmers, career advancement has a positive, though somewhat slight, impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Manufacturing Engineer will earn $9,653 more than someone not as far along in their career.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

Survey results suggest that CNC Programmers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in SolidWorks, CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those familiar with CAD/CAM also tend to know Precision Machining.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting out, salaries are typically $40K, which grows to $49K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $55K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as CNC Programmers pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $60K. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 26 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 39 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 33 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$51,000
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Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, CNC Programmers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Wichita, Cincinnati, Akron, and Tulsa, where CNC Programmers typically earn around 17 percent, 14 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent more than usual. With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Fort Worth is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Grand Rapids and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -4 percent and -1 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

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$51,000

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

CAD/CAM
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Precision Machining
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CNC/NC
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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National Average
$51,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 15%
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