Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer Salary

Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.96 per hour. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,925 - $82,979
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$83K
MEDIAN: $45,071
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$13.12 - $25.67
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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 - $2,598  
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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$29,847 - $63,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $36.89  
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 - $2,598  
   
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).
)
$29,847 - $63,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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


Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CAD/CAM, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts ranging from 5 percent to 8 percent. 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.


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 $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers make a median salary of $46K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, 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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

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
21%
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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