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 $18.43 per hour. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,153 - $73,698
$48K
MEDIAN: $48,000
50%

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$13.05 - $27.91
$13
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.43
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$48,000  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$625  
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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$29,217 - $68,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $27.91  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $39.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $10,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$625  
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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$29,217 - $68,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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

  • 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.
  • Use gages and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements.
  • Recognize, deploy and properly use inserts, fixtures and tooling.
  • Read and interpret blueprints.

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


Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know CAD/CAM can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Most people who know CNC/NC also know CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer

Pay by Experience for a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 36 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 32 salaries. An experienced Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 28 salaries. A Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 21 salaries.

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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

▲25%

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salaries

CAD/CAM
▲22%

CNC/NC
▼0%


National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 29%
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