Tool Maker Salary

Male Tool Makers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.98 per hour in the United States. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,628 - $78,297

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$14.52 - $29.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$24,628 - $78,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,545  
Profit Sharing
$2,916 - $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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$32,361 - $68,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.52 - $29.43  
   
Overtime
$19.61 - $42.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,545  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,916 - $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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$32,361 - $68,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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Job Description for Tool Maker

Tool makers may perform a variety of duties depending on their position and employer. Some tool maker positions involve only stamping out tools with machine, while others include working with design software and 3D modeling to come up with solutions to solve technical problems (such as components for aircraft and other vehicles). The ability to read blueprints and create tools is essential for this job. Some positions require working on a team to provide input for new products that will improve the company or field operations. Another part of the job is repairing tools and troubleshooting current tools if they are not working well.

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Tool Maker Tasks

  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair tooling, dies, and equipment.
  • Calibrate, set up, and run machines and equipment.
  • Read blueprints, design, maintain, and build gauges, tools, dies and other equipment.
  • Test equipment, validate that it meets specifications, and file, grind, and adjust parts as needed.

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Survey takers who work as Tool Makers usually report a few specific skills. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Precision Machining is a skill commonly found among those who know CNC/NC.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool Maker

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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $39K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $53K.

Tool Maker Advice

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Tool Maker in Grand Rapids:
"Operators do know things."
Listen to the people operating machines, they will know best what is happening with production. They might encounter things that are not seen in designs and can also suggest what might work best for them.

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Experience Affects Tool Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Tool Maker Salaries

up arrow 9%

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 13%
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