Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.89 per hour. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a half collect dental insurance. The majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,658 - $82,979

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$13.02 - $25.46

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,658 - $82,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
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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$29,676 - $63,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $25.46  
   
Overtime
$17.61 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
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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$29,676 - $63,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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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For Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer


Survey results show that Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with CAD/CAM, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, and CNC/NC can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 4 percent to 8 percent more than the national average. Most people familiar with CNC/NC also 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.


For Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $35K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $40K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

CAD/CAM
up arrow 8%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 7%

CNC/NC
up arrow 4%

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
21%
10-19 years
36%
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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