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

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers earn an average of $21.19 per hour. In the world of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $74K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (?
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$38,503 - $80,012
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MEDIAN: $54,517
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (?
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$14.99 - $29.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,503 - $80,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,992  
Profit Sharing
$980 - $5,000  
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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$34,309 - $73,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $29.54  
   
Overtime
$21.87 - $43.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,992  
   
Profit Sharing
$980 - $5,000  
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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$34,309 - $73,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 631
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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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Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers may enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Manufacturing Engineer. The position pays $61K on average annually.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in SolidWorks, CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Those proficient in CAD/CAM are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
For Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $60K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$51,000
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Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Wichita (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), Tulsa (+13 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Fort Worth ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Grand Rapids and Portland (4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

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

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 181 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
34%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 15%