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Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers in the United States, bringing in about $18.77 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and just over a half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,097 - $83,720
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$84K
MEDIAN: $45,490
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90%

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$13.18 - $25.39
(Median)
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,097 - $83,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $4,500  
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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$29,334 - $62,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $25.39  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $36.44  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $4,500  
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).
)
$29,334 - $62,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276

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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

  • 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


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Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who transition into an upper level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer makes $42K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer

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


Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $35K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $38K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $50K.

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 16%