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

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

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

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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
$38220 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,230 to $30,290 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,230 to $30,290 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 Cutting and Slicing 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%) $25 $52,650
Senior (Top 25%) $22 $45,470
Middle (Mid 50%) $18 $36,980
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $30,290
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,230

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
RI $26 $54,150
LA $25 $51,300
OK $21 $43,060
MN $21 $42,970
MA $20 $41,340
CA $20 $41,030
CO $20 $40,700
WA $20 $40,640
ID $19 $40,520
WI $19 $40,230

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

According to BLS, the highest paid CNC Cutter Operators are in the states of RI, LA, OK, MN and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $51570 $24.79
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $47620 $22.89
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $47290 $22.74
Chemical Manufacturing $47200 $22.69
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $46230 $22.23
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing $46200 $22.21
Food and Beverage Stores $44060 $21.18
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $43470 $20.90
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $43120 $20.73
Warehousing and Storage $41740 $20.07
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $41490 $19.95
Specialized Design Services $40980 $19.70
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $40950 $19.69
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $40950 $19.69
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $40830 $19.63
Building Material and Supplies Dealers $40430 $19.44
Sawmills and Wood Preservation $40110 $19.28
Building Finishing Contractors $39760 $19.11
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $39750 $19.11
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $39420 $18.95
Machinery Manufacturing $39400 $18.94
Management of Companies and Enterprises $39240 $18.86
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services $39150 $18.82
Chemical Manufacturing $39120 $18.81
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $38620 $18.57
Rubber Product Manufacturing $38250 $18.39
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $38120 $18.33
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities $37960 $18.25
Printing and Related Support Activities $37890 $18.22
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $37820 $18.18

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