Tool Maker Salary

Men make up the majority of Tool Makers in the United States, bringing in about $21.47 per hour. Most Tool Makers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about two in five. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,345 - $69,152
(Median)
$25K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,501
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50%
90%

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$14.56 - $29.69
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,345 - $69,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,928  
Profit Sharing
$3,034  
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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$32,906 - $68,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $29.69  
   
Overtime
$19.78 - $43.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,928  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,034  
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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$32,906 - $68,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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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Tool Makers note just a narrow range of job skills. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


For Tool Makers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. Tool Makers see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Tool Makers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $54K.

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 10%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Tool Maker Salaries

CNC/NC
up arrow 4%

Precision Machining
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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