How Much Do CNC Machine Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal And Plastic

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal And Plastic operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$44300 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,750 to $34,500 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,750 to $34,500 per year or $14 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $31 $63,460
Senior (Top 25%) $25 $52,090
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $42,260
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $34,500
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $28,750

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $31 $64,720
MA $24 $49,890
VT $24 $48,920
ND $23 $48,490
WI $23 $48,470
MD $23 $48,200
CT $23 $47,380
MN $23 $47,370
ME $23 $46,840
WY $22 $46,750

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator, Metal and Plastic is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid CNC Machine Operators are in the states of WA, MA, VT, ND and WI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scientific Research and Development Services $58750 $28.24
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $55110 $26.50
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $53890 $25.91
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $50100 $24.09
Specialized Design Services $49960 $24.02
Chemical Manufacturing $49500 $23.80
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $49190 $23.65
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance $48680 $23.40
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $47990 $23.07
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $47530 $22.85
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $47090 $22.64
Management of Companies and Enterprises $46980 $22.59
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $46910 $22.55
Machinery Manufacturing $46600 $22.41
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $46520 $22.36
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $46430 $22.32
Automotive Repair and Maintenance $46420 $22.32
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $46290 $22.26
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $46220 $22.22
Dairy Product Manufacturing $45420 $21.84
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $45340 $21.80
Ship and Boat Building $44930 $21.60
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $44840 $21.56
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $44770 $21.52
Local Government $44580 $21.43
Support Activities for Air Transportation $44510 $21.40
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $44180 $21.24
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $43850 $21.08
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $43660 $20.99
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing $43550 $20.94

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