Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers earn an average of $22.41 per hour. In the world of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $79K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,512 - $92,063
$40K
$60K
$92K
MEDIAN: $60,154
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$15.46 - $30.29
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$0$92K
Salary $39,512 - $92,063
Bonus $487.54 - $5,980
Profit Sharing $263.56 - $7,852
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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$35,310 - $79,442
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 195
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $15.46 - $30.29
Overtime $22.66 - $44.92
Annual Data $0$79K
Bonus $487.54 - $5,980
Profit Sharing $263.56 - $7,852
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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$35,310 - $79,442
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 615

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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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Many Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers transition into upper-level Manufacturing Engineer positions. Manufacturing Engineers earn a median of $63K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer


Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with CATIA, CNC Process Engineering, and NX Unigraphics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design. Most people who know CAD/CAM also know Precision Machining.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

Pay by Experience for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 288 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 234 salaries. An experienced Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 291 salaries. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 229 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,493

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, working in the bustling city of Tampa has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), Everett (+21 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Richmond, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Denver (11 percent lower and 10 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 Lewisburg:
"It is fun and chalanging."
Pros: The people I work with.
Cons: Stressful feel under paid.

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 156 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

▲20%

▲10%

National Average
$52,000

▼4%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

CATIA
▲42%

CNC Process Engineering
▲21%

NX Unigraphics
▲19%



▲3%


MASTERCAM
▲1%

▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$52,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 18%
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