$59,923
Avg. Salary
$22.50
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,979

Bonus

$1,556

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer is $22.50 per hour.

The average pay for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer is $59,923 per year.

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MEDIAN $59,923
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$0$88K
Salary $40,347 - $88,094
Bonus $298 - $7,047
Profit Sharing $485 - $8,171
Total Pay (?
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$36,299 - $76,930
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 391
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $16.00 - $30.43
Overtime $23.03 - $45.23
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $298 - $7,047
Profit Sharing $485 - $8,171
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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$36,299 - $76,930
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,108

Job Description

A computer numerically controlled (CNC) programmer programs the machines that cut, shape, and finish materials such as metals, plastics, or wood into usable components. The CNC programmer must study the drawings and blueprints of the components that need to be manufactured and determine which machines will be required, what they will need to do, and the order in which the work needs to be done. Often, CNC programmer are also asked to estimate how long the job will take.

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Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer Tasks
  • Program, test, and revise machine programming.
  • Tooling and design of machining, including electric and sand core molds, mills, and lathes.
  • Analyze blueprints and job orders before programming and compare results with original specifications.
  • Sequence automatic machine operations and select cutting tools.

Common Career Paths


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Many Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers advance into a slightly higher-paying Manufacturing Engineer position. Average compensation for Manufacturing Engineers is $63K.

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Popular Skills


Survey results imply that Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with CATIA, CNC Process Engineering, and NX Unigraphics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design. Those proficient in CAD/CAM are, more often than not, also skilled in Precision Machining.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 288 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 234 salaries. An experienced Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 291 salaries. A Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 229 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

24%

19%

5%

-6%

National Average: $52,311

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

Home to some of the best pay for Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers, Tampa offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Computer Numerically Controlled Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), Everett (+22 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Richmond is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Denver (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Atlanta:
"Ask for raises in relation to what you learn."
Over time I learned a lot about machinery above and beyond my current job duties. Always ask for pay increases as you learn new things.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Lewisburg:
"It is fun and chalanging."
Pros: The people I work with.
Cons: Stressful feel under paid.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Geneva:
"Great Learning Experience."
Pros: It is definitely a great learning experience, but most of all I love what I do and there always seems to be obstacles and challenges for me to overcome. I am always up for a challenge but most importantly this position allows me challenge myself. I set goals and thrive to accomplish these goals each and every year.
Cons: What I like least about my job is the fact that I am not a part of the production meetings that are happening on a week to week basis. A lot of times I am not made aware of changes and upcoming production shortages until the timeline has reached a crucial point.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Antwerp:
"Other avenues to jobs that it covers."
Learn as many softwares in this field as possible.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Seattle:
"Learn Mastercam, Catia, or NX."
After a few years machining start learning mastercam or if your more ambitious learn Catia.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Niantic:
"Grow."
Never Stop Learning, Think Outside the Box.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer in Worcester:
"More Trigonometry."
It takes a lot of math, mainly geometry and I wish I had a better knowledge of trig. Maybe some more experience

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Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$52,000

▼3%

▼21%

How Skills Affect Salaries

CATIA
▲42%

CNC Process Engineering
▲21%

NX Unigraphics
▲19%



▲3%


▲1%

MASTERCAM
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$52,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 17%