A sizeable majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.67 per hour. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Although just over one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,437 - $85,000
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$85K
MEDIAN: $53,000
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90%

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$13.02 - $26.42
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,437 - $85,000  
   
Bonus
$500 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$29,716 - $64,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $26.42  
   
Overtime
$17.89 - $39.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$500 - $10,000  
   
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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$29,716 - $64,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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.

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Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer. Median pay for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers is $42K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer


Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with CAD/CAM, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, and CNC/NC can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in CNC/NC tend to be well versed in 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.


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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $43K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $53K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

CAD/CAM
up arrow 20%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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National Average
$43,000

CNC/NC
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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