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Tool Maker Salary

Men make up the majority of Tool Makers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.07 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Tool Makers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third.
$25,148 - $72,341
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $52,387
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$14.38 - $29.19
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,148 - $72,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,618  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $4,000  
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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$32,634 - $69,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $29.19  
   
Overtime
$19.81 - $42.18  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,618  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $4,000  
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).
)
$32,634 - $69,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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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Professional skills reported by Tool Makers are few in number. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 4 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows CNC/NC to be familiar with Precision Machining as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Tool Makers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $41K. For Tool Makers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Tool Makers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $54K.

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Experience Affects Tool Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$48,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Tool Maker Salaries

CNC/NC
up arrow 11%

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 13%