Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (United States)

CNC Programmers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $21.16 per hour. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most CNC Programmers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (?
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$38,338 - $77,484
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MEDIAN: $54,538
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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salary (?
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$14.89 - $29.43
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,338 - $77,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,982  
Profit Sharing
$690 - $4,750  
Total Pay (?
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$33,827 - $73,376  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $29.43  
   
Overtime
$21.76 - $43.46  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,982  
   
Profit Sharing
$690 - $4,750  
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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$33,827 - $73,376  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 648
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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 CNC Programmers make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb. Those in less important roles may make $9,653 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Manufacturing Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer

CNC Programmers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in SolidWorks, CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know 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 CNC Programmers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Beginning workers can expect to earn $40K starting out, which grows to $49K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $55K. As CNC Programmers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $60K. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 39 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 33 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 26 percent report more than a couple decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$51,000
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Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, CNC Programmers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. CNC Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Wichita (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), Akron (+13 percent), and Tulsa (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Fort Worth. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Grand Rapids (-4 percent) and Portland (-1 percent).

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

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$51,000

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

CAD/CAM
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$51,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 15%
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