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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 $22.41 per hour. Total cash earnings of Tool and Die Makers range from $37K on the low end to $72K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $5K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Tool and Die Makers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,183 - $76,516
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,835
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$16.52 - $29.52
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,183 - $76,516  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$36,720 - $72,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.52 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$23.33 - $44.57  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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).
)
$36,720 - $72,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 724

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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 who become Manufacturing Engineers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $61K per year. 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


Tool and Die Makers report a focused set of job skills. CNC/NC and Precision Machining are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. For Tool and Die Makers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. 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 $55K.

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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

CNC/NC
up arrow 4%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
58%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 12%