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Tool Maker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Tool Makers earn an average of $20.98 per hour. For the most part, Tool Makers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,243 - $72,040
(Median)
$25K
$54K
$72K
MEDIAN: $54,044
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$14.41 - $29.51
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,243 - $72,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,655  
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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$32,301 - $70,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $29.51  
   
Overtime
$19.72 - $42.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,655  
   
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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$32,301 - $70,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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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 typically report just a few professional skills. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 6 percent, respectively. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool Maker

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


Tool Makers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $43K. Tool Makers see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $55K.

Tool Maker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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 16%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Tool Maker Salaries

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National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

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