Tool and Die Maker Salary

Men account for the majority of Tool and Die Makers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.36 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 just over two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Tool and Die Makers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,687 - $73,062

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$15.85 - $29.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,687 - $73,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $5,164  
Total Pay (?
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$36,039 - $71,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.85 - $29.77  
   
Overtime
$23.49 - $44.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $5,164  
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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$36,039 - $71,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 767
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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.

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Tool and Die Makers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Manufacturing Engineer. The average Manufacturing Engineer brings home $61K per year. It is not unusual for a Tool and Die Maker to become a Toolmaker or a Tool and Die Supervisor.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Survey takers who work as Tool and Die Makers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, CNC/NC, and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Tungsten Inert Gas Welding. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Tool and Die Makers make $51K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

CAD/CAM
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Precision Machining
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CNC/NC
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National Average
$51,000

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
57%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 13%
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