Tool and Die Maker Salary

Men make up the majority of Tool and Die Makers in the United States, bringing in about $22.43 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Tool and Die Makers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,043 - $72,920
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,464
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$16.10 - $29.75
(Median)
$16
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,043 - $72,920  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,046  
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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$36,096 - $71,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.10 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$23.98 - $44.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,046  
   
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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$36,096 - $71,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 764
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Manufacturing Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $61K annually. A Tool and Die Maker often moves on 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 CAD/CAM, Precision Machining, and CNC/NC can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in CNC/NC tend to be well versed 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.


Tool and Die Makers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. Tool and Die Makers see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Tool and Die Makers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits 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 138 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
58%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 12%
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