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 $21.00 per hour. For the most part, Tool Makers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance.

$24,713 - $77,566
(Median)
$25K
$54K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,779
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90%

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$14.42 - $29.24
(Median)
$14
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,713 - $77,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,145  
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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$32,205 - $68,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $29.24  
   
Overtime
$19.31 - $41.70  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,145  
   
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).
)
$32,205 - $68,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Tool Makers who took the survey. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Employees educated in CNC/NC are typically practiced in Precision Machining, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool Maker

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


For Tool Makers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $39K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $44K. For Tool Makers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $54K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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 13%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Tool Maker Salaries

up arrow 11%


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
15%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
19%
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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