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Tool and Die Maker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Tool and Die Makers earn an average of $22.43 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Tool and Die Makers stretch from $37K on the lower end to $72K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tool and Die Makers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,763 - $72,804
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,522
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$16.38 - $29.63
(Median)
$16
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,763 - $72,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,005  
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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$36,597 - $72,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.38 - $29.63  
   
Overtime
$23.57 - $44.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,005  
   
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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$36,597 - $72,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741

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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 may see a small rise in pay. On average, Manufacturing Engineers earn $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


Tool and Die Makers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with CNC/NC, Precision Machining, and CAD/CAM can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. For Tool and Die Makers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $55K.

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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

Precision Machining
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CNC/NC
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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 137 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
23%
20 years or more
58%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 12%
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