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Tool and Die Maker Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Tool and Die Makers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.99 per hour nationwide. Total incomes of Tool and Die Makers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $36K and $72K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Tool and Die Makers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Tool and Die Maker Salary (?
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$33,657 - $79,693
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MEDIAN: $53,032
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Tool and Die Maker Salary (?
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$16.46 - $28.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,657 - $79,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $5,173  
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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$36,457 - $71,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.46 - $28.74  
   
Overtime
$23.34 - $43.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $5,173  
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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$36,457 - $71,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 693
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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
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Tool and Die Maker

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For Tool and Die Makers, career progression to a Manufacturing Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Manufacturing Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $61K annually. Becoming a Toolmaker or a Machine Shop Tool & Die is a common transition from a Tool and Die Maker role.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Tool and Die Makers who took the survey. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent respectively. The majority of those who know 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Tool and Die Makers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Tool and Die Makers with more than 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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National Average
$50,000
Cleveland
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For Tool and Die Makers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Tool and Die Makers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+7 percent) and Grand Rapids (+1 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries

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$50,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

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Precision Machining
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CAD/CAM
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$50,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
57%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 13%