Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.00 per hour. In the world of Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, total cash compensation can vary between $35K and $77K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,767 - $86,091
(Median)
$40K
$59K
$86K
MEDIAN: $59,142
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$15.08 - $29.89
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$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,767 - $86,091  
   
Bonus
$485.53 - $6,020  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,900  
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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$34,839 - $76,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.08 - $29.89  
   
Overtime
$22.45 - $44.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$485.53 - $6,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,900  
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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$34,839 - $76,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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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 often transition into Manufacturing Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Manufacturing Engineers earn $62K per year.

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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. Most notably, facility with CATIA, NX Unigraphics, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 20 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Programming, Manufacturing. Most people 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.


Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,884

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

With a pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Tampa offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+23 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Cincinnati (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Denver and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 2 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
$52,000


Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 43%

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 20%


CAD/CAM
up arrow 4%

MASTERCAM
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

CNC/NC
0%

National Average
$52,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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