How Much Do Tool and Die Makers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Tool and Die Makers

Tool and Die Makers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

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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
$55520 per year
Hourly wage
$27 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$34,840 to $43,500 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $21 per hour

Entry-level Tool and Die Makers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $34,840 to $43,500 per year or $17 to $21 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 Tool and Die Makers 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%) $38 $79,090
Senior (Top 25%) $32 $66,220
Middle (Mid 50%) $26 $54,760
Junior (Bottom 25%) $21 $43,500
No experience (Bottom 10%) $17 $34,840

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CT $33 $67,770
OR $32 $66,650
WA $31 $65,190
CA $30 $62,850
ME $30 $61,770
NH $29 $60,120
VT $29 $60,110
KS $28 $58,890
ID $28 $58,790
NJ $28 $58,500

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Tool and Die Maker 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 Tool and Die Makers are in the states of CT, OR, WA, CA and ME.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $70630 $33.96
Federal Executive Branch $69410 $33.37
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $69140 $33.24
Management of Companies and Enterprises $66570 $32.00
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $65860 $31.66
Specialized Design Services $65580 $31.53
Scientific Research and Development Services $64570 $31.04
Chemical Manufacturing $63940 $30.74
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $63660 $30.61
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $61730 $29.68
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $60360 $29.02
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $60080 $28.89
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $59860 $28.78
Household Appliance Manufacturing $58980 $28.36
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing $58360 $28.06
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $58330 $28.04
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $58070 $27.92
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $57530 $27.66
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $57160 $27.48
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance $56910 $27.36
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $56580 $27.20
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing $56400 $27.12
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $55870 $26.86
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $55830 $26.84
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $55550 $26.71
Rubber Product Manufacturing $55530 $26.70
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $55510 $26.69
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing $55510 $26.69
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $55270 $26.57
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $55020 $26.45

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