Tool Maker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Tool Makers earn an average of $22.50 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tool Makers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,935 - $82,434
$34K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $57,556
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$13.90 - $30.03
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MEDIAN: $22.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,935 - $82,434  
   
Bonus
$511 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$32,391 - $72,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $30.03  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $44.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$511 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$32,391 - $72,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 249

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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

  • 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.
  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair tooling, dies, and equipment.
  • Calibrate, set up, and run machines and equipment.

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Popular Skills for Tool Maker


Tool Makers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in CNC/NC, CAD/CAM, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Mechanical Tool Repair. Employees educated in CNC/NC are typically practiced in Precision Machining, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool Maker

Pay by Experience for a Tool Maker has a positive trend. An entry-level Tool Maker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 65 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tool Maker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Tool Maker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 79 salaries. A Tool Maker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 147 salaries.

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Key Stats for Tool Maker

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
52%
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Experience Affects Tool Maker Salaries

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$52,000

▼8%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Tool Maker Salaries

▲4%

CAD/CAM
▲2%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▼0%

National Average
$52,000


Mechanical Tool Repair
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 16%