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

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

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

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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
$43100 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,020 to $33,690 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,020 to $33,690 per year or $13 to $16 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Lathe and Turning 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 $61,710
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $50,840
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $41,380
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $33,690
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $28,020

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
OR $25 $52,000
MA $24 $50,900
NH $24 $49,710
NC $24 $49,060
AZ $23 $48,600
SC $22 $46,770
CA $22 $46,560
MN $22 $46,490
NJ $22 $46,310
WI $22 $45,930

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Lathe and Turning 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 Lathe Operators are in the states of OR, MA, NH, NC and AZ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $57510 $27.65
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $53920 $25.92
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $52740 $25.36
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $51210 $24.62
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $51130 $24.58
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $50550 $24.30
Foundries $50200 $24.13
Building Finishing Contractors $48660 $23.39
Household Appliance Manufacturing $46660 $22.43
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $46430 $22.32
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $46420 $22.32
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $46320 $22.27
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $45230 $21.74
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $44990 $21.63
Machinery Manufacturing $44660 $21.47
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $44420 $21.35
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $43520 $20.92
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities $43470 $20.90
Rubber Product Manufacturing $43350 $20.84
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $43240 $20.79
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance $43050 $20.70
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $42690 $20.52
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $42610 $20.49
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing $42350 $20.36
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $41900 $20.14
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $41610 $20.01
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $41210 $19.81
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $41200 $19.81
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $39550 $19.01
Plastics Product Manufacturing $38600 $18.56

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