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. Cash earnings for Tool and Die Makers — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $36K to approximately $73K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Tool and Die Makers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,426 - $75,195
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$75K
MEDIAN: $53,720
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$15.51 - $30.44
(Median)
$16
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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Tool and Die Makers who transition into new roles such as Manufacturing Engineer may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Manufacturing Engineer earns $62K per year. A Tool and Die Maker often moves on to become a Toolmaker or a Tool Maker.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Tool and Die Makers report using a wide range 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Grinding Tools. For most people, competency in CNC/NC indicates knowledge of 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Tool and Die Makers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $56K.

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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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