Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.40 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers can bottom out near $35K or peak near $74K depending on individual performance. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,537 - $79,311
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$39K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,769
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$15.14 - $29.53
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$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,537 - $79,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,008  
Profit Sharing
$968 - $6,953  
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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$35,217 - $74,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.14 - $29.53  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $43.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$968 - $6,953  
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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$35,217 - $74,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688
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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


Survey results show that Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with CATIA, Precision Machining, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 4 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent), Wichita (+18 percent), Tulsa (+12 percent), and Cincinnati (+12 percent). Fort Worth ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (15 percent less) and San Diego (7 percent less).

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 45%

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

CNC/NC
0%

National Average
$51,000

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

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
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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