Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salary

Male Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.36 per hour in the United States. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just under one-half have dental insurance. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,153 - $73,698
$48K
MEDIAN: $48,000
50%

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$13.10 - $27.71
$13
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.36
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$48,000  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$30,100 - $66,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $27.71  
   
Overtime
$17.56 - $39.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $10,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$30,100 - $66,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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Job Description for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer

A computer numerically controlled operator and programmer is responsible for programming operators and developing automation tools for their organization. They are in charge of creating scripts that facilitate production and troubleshooting malfunctioning computer equipment. These professionals must prevent production downtime and quality control incidents, as well as provide machine operator instructions and documentation for automated and numerically controlled equipment. They use a personal computer with proprietary software to measure performance. Additionally, the computer numerically controlled operator and programmer deals with unforeseen programming issues. They also assist in tasks related to numerically controlled manufacturing, such as preparing input for computers to generate actual machine control programs.

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Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Tasks

  • Properly and safely load and unload castings and raw materials in CNC machinery.
  • Perform daily and regular cleaning and light maintenance tasks on CNC machinery.
  • Use gages and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements.
  • Recognize, deploy and properly use inserts, fixtures and tooling.
  • Read and interpret blueprints.

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Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who go on to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer, an upper-level role, pays $42K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer


Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know CAD/CAM command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Those familiar with CNC/NC also tend to know CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $37K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $52K.

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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

▲24%

▲8%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

CAD/CAM
▲21%

CNC/NC
▼0%

National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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