Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salary

A sizeable majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.21 per hour. Total incomes of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $29K and $58K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,538 - $66,970
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MEDIAN: $46,095
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$13.17 - $24.92
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$0$66K
Salary $29,538 - $66,970
Bonus $298.49 - $3,033
Profit Sharing $288.28 - $6,801
Commission $7,750
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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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$29,382 - $57,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 122
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $13.17 - $24.92
Overtime $18.77 - $35.91
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $298.49 - $3,033
Commission $7,750
Profit Sharing $288.28 - $6,801
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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$29,382 - $57,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,824

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Job Description for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists are responsible for operating machine tools to create metallic pieces. They set up industrial machinery and oversee its functioning. CNC machinists must be able to interpret and use blueprints for specific piece design, as well as calibrate equipment to follow product specifications. They also follow strict company and industry safety regulations, as well as a tightly controlled sequence of functions.

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tasks

  • Determine the sequence of machine operations and develop programs that run the machine tools.
  • Retest and rewrite CNC programs to ensure proper functioning.

Common Career Paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


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Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists may progress into high-paying roles like Mechanical Engineer, where median compensation is $64K annually. It is not uncommon for a Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist to continue on to become a Machinist or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer.

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Popular Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist


Survey takers working as Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CAD/CAM, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Editing, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with CNC/NC also know Machine Operation and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Pay by Experience for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 872 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 579 salaries. An experienced Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 571 salaries. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 385 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,135

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

With a pay rate for Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Numerically Controlled Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent), Cincinnati (+7 percent), Oklahoma City (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Grand Rapids is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Milwaukee and Tulsa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist?

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in Mooers:
"Growing opportunities."
Pros: I've had the opportunity to self teach the mechanics and the operation of multiple CNC machines in this year of working for this company.
Cons: Lifting heavy objects on and off the machine is the hardest physical chalange of my life. I am an athlete that has been pushed before but this is far more strenuous.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in Whiting:
Pros: The thing I like most about my job is that I can work independently.
Cons: The thing I least like about my job is being rushed to complete parts in a fashionable about of time.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in Wellington:
Pros: Great work environment and coworkers, job security.
Cons: Twelve hour night shift, rotating schedule.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in San Antonio:
Pros: My job is extremely rewarding and I love it.
Cons: I can't think of any negatives about my job.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in Morgantown:
Pros: Creating Something to be used in the world, generating from raw bar stock material.
Cons: Negativity on the floor.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in Indianapolis:
"Good job to learn."
Pros: Learning a new trade.
Cons: My pay rate.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist in Jasper:
"Good worker."
Pros: Keeps you thinking.
Cons: Nothing. All is good.

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Key Stats for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 344 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$41,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Salaries



▲7%



▲1%

▲1%

Setup
▲1%

National Average
$41,000

set up
▼1%


Editing
▼8%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 344 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 15%
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