Tool and Die Maker Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Tool and Die Makers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.99 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $2,980 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $5,173, overall incomes in the Tool and Die Makers from $33,657 to $79,693 depending on individual performance. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and 41 percent earn vision coverage. Most Tool and Die Makers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Tool and Die Makers may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Manufacturing Engineer may bring in a lot more money — an additional $10,370 annually. A Tool and Die Maker may also move into a role as a Toolmaker or a Machine Shop Tool & Die.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker

Tool and Die Makers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent respectively. Most people skilled in CNC/NC are similarly competent in CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool and Die Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $37K, which grows to $45K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $50K. Tool and Die Makers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $55K. The largest number of Tool and Die Makers have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$50,000
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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Tool and Die Makers, 19 percent above the national average. 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
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Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

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Precision Machining
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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%
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