Tool and Die Maker Salary

A sizeable majority of Tool and Die Makers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $23.55 per hour. Total cash compensation for Tool and Die Makers runs from $35K to $75K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Tool and Die Makers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,702 - $91,231
$35K
$56K
$91K
MEDIAN: $56,410
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$15.37 - $31.57
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$32
MEDIAN: $23.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,702 - $91,231  
   
Bonus
$484.01 - $7,830  
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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$34,541 - $75,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.37 - $31.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$21.96 - $45.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$484.01 - $7,830  
   
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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$34,541 - $75,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 864

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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.

Common Career Paths for Tool and Die Maker


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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. Tool and Die Makers most frequently advance into Toolmaker and Tool Maker roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Survey takers working as Tool and Die Makers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 familiar with CNC/NC also know CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool and Die Maker

Pay by Experience for a Tool and Die Maker has a positive trend. An entry-level Tool and Die Maker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 203 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tool and Die Maker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 151 salaries. An experienced Tool and Die Maker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 238 salaries. A Tool and Die Maker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 481 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,857

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Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Tool and Die Makers in Columbus receive some of the highest pay in the country. Tool and Die Makers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Louisville (+21 percent), Fort Wayne (+20 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and Auburn Hills (+16 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Indianapolis and Toledo are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 11 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 135 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
52%
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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$54,000

▼10%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

wire edm
▲11%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲8%

▲7%



▲4%



▲1%


National Average
$54,000

Engineering Design
▼9%

Machine Operation
▼20%

Precision Measurement
▼23%

Mold Making
▼32%

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
16%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 12%
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