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CNC Programmer Salary

$63,695 (USD)

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Last updated: June 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a CNC Programmer is $63,695 a year and $31 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a CNC Programmer is between $46,007 and $78,342. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a CNC Programmer. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Plans numerical control program to control contour-path machining of parts on automatic machine tools.
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines include, but are not limited to, machining tools such as lathes, multi-axis spindles, and milling machines, but the functions formerly performed by human operators are performed by a computer-control module.
  • CNC machines cut away material from a solid block of metal, plastic, glass, or other materials to form a finished part.
  • Applies knowledge of the working properties of materials with CNC programming knowledge to design and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.
  • Most companies require previous experience as a machinist or machine setter, operator, and tender along with apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, or training in secondary, vocational, or technical college.
  • Requires knowledge of computers and electronics, computer numerical control, basics of programming, and computer-aided manufacturing.
CNC Programmer Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

Job family population: 23,790

Estimated population of CNC Programmer jobs: 22,199

Rate of error: 2.4%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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CNC Programmer Job Listings for United States

CNC Programmer and Shop Supervisor
Jun 24
Garden Grove, CA, USA
King Shock Technology, Inc.
We are seeking hands on CNC programmer who will manage machine shop. This position will program CNC machines, support set-ups and operation, supervise shop personnel, order tools, and work with ...
CNC Programmer - Contract
Jun 24
Coraopolis, PA, USA
Works under Operations and Production Manager to implement CNC programming to a Machine Shop. Create programs for the Lathe and Vertical machining centers. Testing of programs in simulation ...
CNC Programmer
Jun 21
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Sentech Services Inc.
CNC Programmer Fort Wayne IN $23.00 to $26.00 * Manuel setup and programming. * Mechanical ability with broad working knowledge of the machining department's equipment, machines, tools, standard ...
CNC Programmer Operator
Jun 20
Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA
Laird Plastics
CNC Programmer + Operator Job Description The CNC Programmer and Operator role requires a determined individual interested in helping our business grow by promoting a culture of teamwork, dedication ...
CNC Programmer
Jun 20
Greenville, SC, USA
TRS Craft Services Charleston
DIRECT HIRE OPPORTUNITY for a CNC Programmer to join a Dynamic Manufacturing Team! Responsible for precision CNC production machine programming, setup and first piece for lathes, mills and multi-axis ...
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