What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »
Browse Categories

Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers earn an average of $19.25 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and just over a half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$33,891 - $81,546
(Median)
34K
58K
82K
MEDIAN: $44,186
10%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.25 - $25.39
(Median)
13
15
19
22
25
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data

 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,891 - $81,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,590  
Profit Sharing
$778 - $4,069  
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).
)
$29,845 - $63,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $25.39  
   
Overtime
$17.49 - $36.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$778 - $4,069  
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).
)
$29,845 - $63,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 258
United States (change)

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.

Read More...

Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Tasks

  • Recognize, deploy and properly use inserts, fixtures and tooling.
  • Read and interpret blueprints.
  • Use gages and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $35K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $38K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 16%