Tool and Die Maker Salary

Tool and Die Makers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $23.59 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Tool and Die Makers spread between $35K and $75K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Tool and Die Makers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,183 - $81,769
$35K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,668
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$15.35 - $31.47
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$31
MEDIAN: $23.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,183 - $81,769  
   
Bonus
$410.22 - $7,796  
Profit Sharing
$919 - $7,340  
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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$34,663 - $75,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $31.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$22.13 - $45.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$410.22 - $7,796  
   
Profit Sharing
$919 - $7,340  
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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$34,663 - $75,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 816

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Job Description for Tool and Die Maker

Tool and die makers are skilled tradespeople who are responsible for the creation and maintenance of specialty tools used in the manufacture of goods. They often create tools that are specific to their employer or industry. In addition, dies, punches, and other precision parts related to manufacture are created and maintained. Tool and die makers are required to maintain and meet strict precision guidelines within their position, often working on parts that require minute tolerances to ensure proper performance. They often work closely with both engineers and machine operators to ensure that the tools they create and maintain are performing to specification, and it is often the case that tool and die makers have a hand in the planning and execution of assembly within manufacturing plants and machine shops.

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Tool and Die 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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Tool and Die Makers who become Manufacturing Engineers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Manufacturing Engineers earn $63K per year. Many Tool and Die Makers choose to become Toolmakers and Tool Makers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $2K less and $3K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Tool and Die Makers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in wire edm, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CAD/CAM, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Mold Making as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Precision Measurement and Machine Operation also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in CNC/NC also know CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool and Die Maker

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


Tool and Die Makers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. Tool and Die Makers bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,593

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Tool and Die Makers will find that Columbus offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Tool and Die Makers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Louisville (+22 percent), Fort Wayne (+21 percent), Portland (+19 percent), and Auburn Hills (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Toledo (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Tool and Die Maker

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$54,000

▼10%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

wire edm
▲11%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲8%

▲7%




▲4%


▲2%


National Average
$54,000

Engineering Design
▼9%

Machine Operation
▼19%

Precision Measurement
▼22%

Mold Making
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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