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Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.84 per hour nationwide. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. Job satisfaction for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,097 - $83,720
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$84K
MEDIAN: $45,490
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$13.14 - $25.55
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
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 - $2,930  
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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$29,801 - $63,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $25.55  
   
Overtime
$17.84 - $36.59  
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 - $2,930  
   
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).
)
$29,801 - $63,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277

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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 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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Survey takers who work as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers report a focused set of job skills. Machine Programming, Manufacturing and CNC/NC are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Experience with CNC/NC is often linked with knowledge of Machine Programming, Manufacturing.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $35K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $38K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. As Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $51K.

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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 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 10%

up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

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
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 17%
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