Tool and Die Maker Salary

Tool and Die Makers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.45 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Tool and Die Makers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,106 - $73,869
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,664
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$16.28 - $29.71
(Median)
$16
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,106 - $73,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
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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$36,310 - $72,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.28 - $29.71  
   
Overtime
$24.01 - $44.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
   
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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$36,310 - $72,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 765
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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 Machine Shop Tool & Die.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Survey results show that Tool and Die Makers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with CNC/NC, CAD/CAM, and Precision Machining can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Tool and Die Makers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. Tool and Die Makers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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
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Precision Machining
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CAD/CAM
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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
10%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
58%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 12%
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