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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 $21.39 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. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two in five. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,479 - $79,208
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,743
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$15.16 - $29.61
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,479 - $79,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,018  
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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$35,007 - $73,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 314
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $29.61  
   
Overtime
$22.12 - $43.61  
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 - $3,018  
   
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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$35,007 - $73,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 669

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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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At the upper end, Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers who move into a Manufacturing Engineer role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $61K per year.

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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, SolidWorks, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.


For Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. On average, Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers make $56K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Houston (+24 percent), Wichita (+18 percent), and Cincinnati (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Fort Worth, 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Richmond and Grand Rapids (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

CAD/CAM
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CNC/NC
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National Average
$52,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 16%
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