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Toolmaker Salary (United States)

Most Toolmakers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $22.59 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and just over a half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Toolmakers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Toolmaker Salary (?
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$42,294 - $81,892
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,597
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Toolmaker Salary (?
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$15.43 - $29.73
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,294 - $81,892  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
Profit Sharing
$154.18 - $1,965  
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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$35,890 - $71,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $29.73  
   
Overtime
$21.99 - $42.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$154.18 - $1,965  
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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$35,890 - $71,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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Job Description for Toolmaker

Toolmakers are responsible for all aspects related to creating tools; this involves overseeing and implementing all steps in the process of efficiently producing usable tools. Toolmakers begin with the initial engineering design, mark raw material, and perform basic cutting. Then, they use machine tools to complete the rough outline of the product. Next, they use hand tools to provide proper finishing. Finally, they assemble and test the completed tool to ensure quality craftsmanship. Toolmakers are capable of producing unique custom tools, as well as modifying existing tools to meet specific manufacturing needs.
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Toolmaker 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 Toolmaker

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Toolmakers may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Prototype Machinist offer money in line with Toolmakers. Toolmakers most often advance into Tool Maker and Machinist positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Toolmakers report a narrow range of specific skills. CNC/NC and Tools are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in CNC/NC are typically practiced in Tools, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Toolmaker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Toolmakers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. Toolmakers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. The majority of Toolmakers have only more than 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with one to 10 years under their belt.

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Experience Affects Toolmaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%
Experienced
0%
National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Toolmaker Salaries

CNC/NC
up arrow 3%
National Average
$51,000
Tools
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
60%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 18%