Tool Maker Salary

Men make up the majority of Tool Makers in the United States, bringing in about $22.17 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Tool Makers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,250 - $87,000
$33K
$57K
$87K
MEDIAN: $56,708
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50%
90%

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$14.03 - $29.95
$14
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.17
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,250 - $87,000  
   
Bonus
$503 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$32,291 - $71,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $29.95  
   
Overtime
$18.18 - $43.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$503 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$32,291 - $71,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 264

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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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Popular Skills for Tool Maker


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in CNC/NC, CAD/CAM, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Mechanical Tool Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are also commonly seen together.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $48K. Tool Makers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Tool Makers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

Tool Maker Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Tool Maker?

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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Key Stats for Tool Maker

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
50%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Tool Maker Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼26%

Skills That Affect Tool Maker Salaries

▲4%

CAD/CAM
▲3%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲2%

National Average
$51,000


Mechanical Tool Repair
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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