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 $19.02 per hour nationwide. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a little over a half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,741 - $82,709
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$83K
MEDIAN: $47,500
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90%

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$13.06 - $25.69
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,741 - $82,709  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$29,401 - $63,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $25.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.81 - $36.90  
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 - $2,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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).
)
$29,401 - $63,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 283
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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 only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in CAD/CAM, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts ranging from 4 percent to 19 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $37K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $41K. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. 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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

CAD/CAM
up arrow 19%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 6%

CNC/NC
up arrow 4%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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