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Toolmaker Salary

Men account for the majority of Toolmakers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.97 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$39,930 - $84,147
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $51,612
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$15.47 - $30.13
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,930 - $84,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
Profit Sharing
$175.00 - $3,750  
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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$36,051 - $71,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.47 - $30.13  
   
Overtime
$21.77 - $43.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
   
Profit Sharing
$175.00 - $3,750  
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).
)
$36,051 - $71,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 373
United States (change)

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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Many Toolmakers move into a Tool Maker role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Tool Makers on average bring in a similar salary to Toolmakers. Many Toolmakers advance into roles as Machinists or Prototype Machinists, but the median salaries are $11K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Job skills reported by Toolmakers are limited. CNC/NC and Tools are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with CNC/NC is often linked with knowledge of Tools.

Pay by Experience Level for Toolmaker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Toolmakers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Toolmakers make a median salary of $51K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $54K on average.

Toolmaker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Toolmaker in Jackson:
"Pay attention."
Ask questions no matter how odd they seem and always watch close and learn from veteran toolmakers whenever possible.

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Experience Affects Toolmaker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Skills That Affect Toolmaker Salaries

CNC/NC
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Tools
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
60%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 17%