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 $22.71 per hour. Total cash compensation to Tool and Die Makers approaches anywhere from $36K on the lower end to $73K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,426 - $75,195
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$75K
MEDIAN: $53,720
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90%

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$15.51 - $30.44
(Median)
$16
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,426 - $75,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,800  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,152  
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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$35,959 - $73,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $30.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$23.24 - $44.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,152  
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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$35,959 - $73,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 903
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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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For Tool and Die Makers who go on to become Manufacturing Engineers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Manufacturing Engineer earns $62K annually. It is not uncommon for a Tool and Die Maker to continue on to become a Toolmaker or a Tool Maker.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Survey results suggest that Tool and Die Makers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Welding, Precision Measurement, and Mechanical Tool Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 19 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Grinding Tools. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Tool and Die Makers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. Tool and Die Makers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

Welding
up arrow 35%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 19%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 3%

Precision Machining
up arrow 2%

CNC/NC
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 2%

Grinding Tools
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
58%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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