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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary

Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $21.43 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 years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,219 - $79,092
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,615
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$15.18 - $29.62
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,219 - $79,092  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
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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$35,153 - $73,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $29.62  
   
Overtime
$22.13 - $43.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
   
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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$35,153 - $73,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 678
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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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As Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers make advancements in their career path to positions such as Manufacturing Engineer, their salaries may climb. Manufacturing Engineers make $61K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer


Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with CATIA, SolidWorks, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in CAD/CAM are similarly competent 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 many Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Wichita (+18 percent), and Cincinnati (+13 percent). Fort Worth ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Grand Rapids (4 percent lower) and San Diego (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 44%


CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

CNC/NC
0%

National Average
$52,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

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
18%
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%
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