Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in the United States, bringing in about $22.00 per hour. In the world of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, overall income ranges from $35K near the bottom to $77K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,387 - $87,487
$39K
$59K
$87K
MEDIAN: $58,937
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$15.34 - $29.96
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,387 - $87,487  
   
Bonus
$486.05 - $6,104  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,900  
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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$35,145 - $76,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.34 - $29.96  
   
Overtime
$22.40 - $44.50  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$486.05 - $6,104  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,900  
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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$35,145 - $76,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 653

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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

  • Program, test, and revise machine programming.
  • Tooling and design of machining, including electric and sand core molds, mills, and lathes.
  • Analyze blueprints and job orders before programming and compare results with original specifications.
  • Sequence automatic machine operations and select cutting tools.

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer


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Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers often transition into Manufacturing Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Manufacturing Engineers earn $62K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer


Survey results imply that Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with CATIA, CNC Process Engineering, and NX Unigraphics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 22 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Machine Programming, Manufacturing and Computer Aided Design. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. For Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,810

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Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in Tampa receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+23 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Cincinnati (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Richmond. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Milwaukee (10 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer?

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Geneva:
"Great Learning Experience."
Pros: It is definitely a great learning experience, but most of all I love what I do and there always seems to be obstacles and challenges for me to overcome. I am always up for a challenge but most importantly this position allows me challenge myself. I set goals and thrive to accomplish these goals each and every year.
Cons: What I like least about my job is the fact that I am not a part of the production meetings that are happening on a week to week basis. A lot of times I am not made aware of changes and upcoming production shortages until the timeline has reached a crucial point.

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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
27%
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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
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CNC Process Engineering
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NX Unigraphics
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MASTERCAM
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National Average
$52,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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