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

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

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile 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
$44920 per year
Hourly wage
$22 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,270 to $34,340 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,270 to $34,340 per year or $14 to $17 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 Milling and Planing Machine 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%) $31 $64,150
Senior (Top 25%) $25 $52,520
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,150
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $34,340
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $28,270

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CT $29 $59,480
SC $28 $57,780
PA $25 $51,980
NJ $25 $51,330
NV $24 $50,610
AL $24 $50,580
ME $24 $49,890
MN $23 $48,460
IL $23 $48,250
MA $23 $48,170

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

According to BLS, the highest paid CNC Mill Operators are in the states of CT, SC, PA, NJ and NV.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $60750 $29.21
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $52290 $25.14
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing $50920 $24.48
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $49350 $23.72
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $47620 $22.89
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $47240 $22.71
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $47030 $22.61
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $46570 $22.39
Ship and Boat Building $45290 $21.78
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $44610 $21.45
Plastics Product Manufacturing $44470 $21.38
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $43590 $20.96
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $43290 $20.81
Machinery Manufacturing $42870 $20.61
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $42230 $20.30
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $42080 $20.23
Rubber Product Manufacturing $41950 $20.17
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $40790 $19.61
Foundries $40780 $19.61
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $40580 $19.51
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $40410 $19.43
Grain and Oilseed Milling $38750 $18.63
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $38610 $18.56
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $38590 $18.56
Building Material and Supplies Dealers $36850 $17.72
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $36300 $17.45
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $36170 $17.39
Employment Services $33700 $16.20
Other Wood Product Manufacturing $30900 $14.86

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