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

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

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal And Plastic

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal And Plastic set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink 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
$42800 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$27,300 to $32,310 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $27,300 to $32,310 per year or $13 to $16 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 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, 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%) $30 $63,320
Senior (Top 25%) $25 $51,050
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $39,780
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $32,310
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $27,300

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
OR $25 $52,490
IA $24 $50,310
AL $24 $49,410
MA $23 $47,690
CT $23 $47,290
SC $22 $45,560
WI $22 $45,500
MI $21 $44,590
OK $21 $44,390
OH $21 $44,340

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

According to BLS, the highest paid CNC Drilling Operators are in the states of OR, IA, AL, MA and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $66130 $31.79
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $60040 $28.87
Ship and Boat Building $57200 $27.50
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $56960 $27.39
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $52460 $25.22
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $47460 $22.82
Machinery Manufacturing $46450 $22.33
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $45140 $21.70
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities $44400 $21.34
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $42910 $20.63
Foundries $42890 $20.62
Support Activities for Mining $42690 $20.52
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $42640 $20.50
Building Equipment Contractors $42400 $20.38
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $42270 $20.32
Utility System Construction $40220 $19.34
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $40220 $19.34
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing $40000 $19.23
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $39770 $19.12
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $39330 $18.91
Employment Services $38490 $18.51
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $37750 $18.15
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $36810 $17.70
Plastics Product Manufacturing $35720 $17.18
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $35690 $17.16
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $35550 $17.09
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $33440 $16.08
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $32190 $15.48

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