Men make up the majority of Tool and Die Makers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $23.67 per hour. Total cash compensation for Tool and Die Makers runs from $34K to $75K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tool and Die Makers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,665 - $79,020
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,236
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$15.14 - $31.79
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$15
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,665 - $79,020  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $7,919  
Profit Sharing
$927 - $5,068  
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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$34,174 - $74,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.14 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$295.90 - $7,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$927 - $5,068  
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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$34,174 - $74,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 783
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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 who become Manufacturing Engineers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Manufacturing Engineers earn $62K per year. Many Tool and Die Makers advance into roles as Toolmakers or Tool Makers, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Survey results imply that Tool and Die Makers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Precision Measurement, wire edm, and Machine Programming, Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Mold Making as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Machine Operation and Grinding Tools 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $48K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Tool and Die Makers see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,384

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For Tool and Die Makers, working in the bustling city of Portland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Tool and Die Makers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+16 percent), Nashville (+12 percent), Louisville (+11 percent), and Detroit (+10 percent). Tool and Die Makers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Tool and Die Makers in Holland bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Toledo (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

Precision Measurement
up arrow 26%

wire edm
up arrow 12%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 9%

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Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Precision Machining
up arrow 1%

CNC/NC
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

Mechanical Tool Repair
0%

National Average
$53,000

Grinding Tools
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Machine Operation
up arrow 17%

Mold Making
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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