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 $18.96 per hour nationwide. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,925 - $82,979
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$83K
MEDIAN: $45,071
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90%

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$13.15 - $25.60
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$33,925 - $82,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,942  
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).
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$29,942 - $63,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.15 - $25.60  
   
Overtime
$17.89 - $36.75  
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 - $2,942  
   
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).
)
$29,942 - $63,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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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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Many Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers move into a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers on average bring in a similar salary to Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer


Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers usually report a few specific skills. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CAD/CAM and CNC/NC abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 5 percent and 8 percent. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $36K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.

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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 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 8%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 8%

up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 17%
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