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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in the United States, bringing in about $21.22 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, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $74K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers is high. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two-fifths. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,320 - $79,776
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,651
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$15.05 - $29.51
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,320 - $79,776  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,964  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $7,047  
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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$34,651 - $73,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $29.51  
   
Overtime
$22.03 - $43.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $7,047  
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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$34,651 - $73,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 664

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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 Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers who go on to become Manufacturing Engineers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Manufacturing Engineer earns $61K annually.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer


Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with CATIA, SolidWorks, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 8 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in CAD/CAM also 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.


Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+25 percent), Wichita (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), and Akron (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Fort Worth, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Richmond and Grand Rapids also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 5 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

CATIA
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CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

Precision Machining
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CNC/NC
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National Average
$51,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 15%