Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary

Male Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.37 per hour in the United States. 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. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,357 - $79,311
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,759
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$15.21 - $29.57
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,357 - $79,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,011  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $7,000  
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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$35,210 - $74,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $29.57  
   
Overtime
$22.24 - $43.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$966 - $7,000  
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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$35,210 - $74,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 679
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Lucky workers who know CATIA can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 44 percent above average. Precision Machining and CAD/CAM are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 3 percent and 44 percent. 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.


Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+25 percent), Wichita (+18 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Tulsa (+12 percent). Fort Worth is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Indianapolis and 9 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 44%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
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CNC/NC
0%

National Average
$51,000

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

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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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
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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