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 $23.73 per hour in the United States. Total cash earnings of Tool and Die Makers range from $34K on the low end to $75K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $6K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tool and Die Makers. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,490 - $80,267
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,668
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50%
90%

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$15.31 - $31.70
$15
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $23.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,490 - $80,267  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $7,708  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $6,183  
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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$34,475 - $75,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $31.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$22.20 - $45.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$309.13 - $7,708  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $6,183  
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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$34,475 - $75,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 836

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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

  • 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.
  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair tooling, dies, and equipment.
  • Calibrate, set up, and run machines and equipment.

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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. Many Tool and Die Makers advance into roles as Toolmakers or Tool Makers, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Tool and Die Maker


Tool and Die Makers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Precision Measurement, wire edm, CAD/CAM, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Mold Making and Machine Operation, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $48K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tool and Die Makers make a median salary of $55K. 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 $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,939

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Tool and Die Makers that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Fort Wayne offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Tool and Die Makers will also find cushy salaries in Louisville (+19 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Auburn Hills (+16 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (12 percent lower) and Grand Rapids (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Tool and Die Maker

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects Tool and Die Maker Salaries

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$54,000

▼10%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Tool and Die Maker Salaries

Precision Measurement
▲12%

wire edm
▲11%

▲6%



Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲6%

▲3%



▲1%

National Average
$54,000

Mechanical Tool Repair
▼2%

Machine Operation
▼17%

Mold Making
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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