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Tool and Die Maker Salary

Male Tool and Die Makers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.10 per hour in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Tool and Die Makers spread between $37K and $71K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$34,275 - $76,250
(Median)
34K
41K
52K
61K
76K
MEDIAN: $51,778
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$16.51 - $28.81
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,275 - $76,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,045  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $5,193  
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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$36,747 - $71,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $28.81  
   
Overtime
$23.30 - $43.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $5,193  
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).
)
$36,747 - $71,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 694
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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 an upper level Manufacturing Engineer role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $61K per year. A Tool and Die Maker may also move into a role as a Toolmaker or a Machine Shop Tool & Die.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Job skills reported by Tool and Die Makers are limited. Precision Machining and CNC/NC are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Tool and Die Makers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $54K.

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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries



National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%


Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

CNC/NC
up arrow 3%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
57%

Common Health Benefits

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