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

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

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal And Plastic

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal And Plastic develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

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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
$61010 per year
Hourly wage
$29 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$37,730 to $46,110 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $37,730 to $46,110 per year or $18 to $22 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 Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, 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%) $43 $88,860
Senior (Top 25%) $35 $72,100
Middle (Mid 50%) $28 $57,740
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $46,110
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $37,730

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $43 $89,950
ID $38 $79,390
CA $36 $75,520
CT $36 $73,930
MA $35 $71,870
KS $32 $67,380
NH $32 $67,180
MD $32 $66,030
MN $32 $65,870
MO $31 $64,540

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmer, 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 Programmers are in the states of WA, ID, CA, CT and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Management of Companies and Enterprises $98370 $47.29
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $83970 $40.37
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $75330 $36.22
Rental and Leasing Services $74800 $35.96
Printing and Related Support Activities $73850 $35.51
Scientific Research and Development Services $70100 $33.70
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $66560 $32.00
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $65510 $31.49
Ship and Boat Building $64880 $31.19
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $64410 $30.97
Building Equipment Contractors $64370 $30.95
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $63760 $30.65
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $62940 $30.26
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $62870 $30.23
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $61780 $29.70
Other Support Services $61660 $29.65
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $61080 $29.36
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities $61060 $29.36
Machinery Manufacturing $60560 $29.11
Chemical Manufacturing $59950 $28.82
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $59920 $28.81
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $59880 $28.79
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $59280 $28.50
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $59040 $28.39
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $58880 $28.31
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $58710 $28.23
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing $58520 $28.13
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $58480 $28.11
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $58200 $27.98
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $58070 $27.92

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