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

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

Crushing, Grinding And Polishing Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders

Crushing, Grinding And Polishing Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber.

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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
$41290 per year
Hourly wage
$20 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,610 to $31,520 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Crushing, Grinding and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,610 to $31,520 per year or $13 to $15 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 Crushing, Grinding and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders 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%) $29 $60,280
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $49,470
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $39,370
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $31,520
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,610

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WV $30 $63,030
WY $30 $62,160
NV $25 $52,330
LA $24 $50,050
ME $24 $50,020
ND $23 $48,280
MN $23 $47,670
MT $23 $47,260
AZ $23 $47,070
VT $23 $46,950

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Crushing, Grinding and Polishing Machine Setter, Operator and Tender is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WV doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WV might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid CNC Grinder Operators are in the states of WV, WY, NV, LA and ME.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Coal Mining $59410 $28.56
Metal Ore Mining $53840 $25.88
Ship and Boat Building $50780 $24.41
Federal Executive Branch $50320 $24.19
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $47510 $22.84
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $47340 $22.76
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $46770 $22.49
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $46560 $22.38
Utility System Construction $46150 $22.19
Other Food Manufacturing $45690 $21.97
Building Finishing Contractors $44980 $21.62
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $44340 $21.32
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $43950 $21.13
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $43900 $21.10
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $43620 $20.97
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $43200 $20.77
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $43040 $20.69
Chemical Manufacturing $41830 $20.11
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $41570 $19.99
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $41510 $19.96
Rubber Product Manufacturing $41490 $19.95
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $41040 $19.73
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $41030 $19.73
Grain and Oilseed Milling $40950 $19.69
Chemical Manufacturing $39890 $19.18
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $39810 $19.14
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $39750 $19.11
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $39650 $19.06
Sawmills and Wood Preservation $39370 $18.93
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing $39330 $18.91

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