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 $21.49 per hour in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers spread between $35K and $73K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,638 - $79,139

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$15.19 - $29.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,638 - $79,139  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
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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$35,264 - $73,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.19 - $29.35  
   
Overtime
$22.25 - $43.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
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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$35,264 - $73,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 684
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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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Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers may enjoy increased earnings if they become Manufacturing Engineers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Manufacturing Engineer earn a slightly higher median of $61K annually.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer


Survey results imply that Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers put a diverse skill set to use. Lucky workers who know CATIA can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 45 percent above average. CAD/CAM and Precision Machining are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 3 percent and 45 percent. Most people experienced in 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 many Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers see a median salary of $55K after reaching 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 $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, 49 percent higher than the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent), Wichita (+21 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Tulsa (+12 percent). In Fort Worth, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and San Diego (15 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

CNC/NC
0%

SolidWorks
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 187 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 16%
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