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Ranking the Highest Paying CNC Machinist Salaries

Feb 3, 2021 ·
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Ever wonder if there were a way to program a computer to make just about any part or product you wanted? With computer numerical control (CNC) machines, this is possible.

CNC machinists work with CNC machinery to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic and other materials. They adjust the machines to control speed, material and path of the cut, while ensuring the machines are set up correctly, running smoothly and creating parts that meet the required specifications.

Today’s machinists support a variety of industries, including transportation, aerospace, electronics and medical, just to name a few. They create everything from medical device implants for human bodies to tiny, intricately designed parts that power machines.

How Much Do CNC Machinists Make?

In the United States, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the 2020 median annual salary for computer numerically controlled tool operators was $42,260 per year.34 This means half of CNC machinists earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.

If you’re wondering how much CNC machinists earn, you’ve come to the right place. Here's a look at machinist salary rankings of median wages reported in May 2020 according to the BLS, which has data for all but Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

Top 10 Annual Salaries for CNC Machinists


1. Washington: $59,450

Aerospace, agriculture, food manufacturing, defense, maritime, life science, global health, information and communications technology, and forestry are all industries in the state of Washington that need CNC machinists. One of Washington leadership’s top priorities is to drive clean technology innovation. For CNC machinists interested in making a positive environmental impact with their work, Washington state is a great option to consider.

2. Wisconsin: $47,850

Manufacturing is the leading industry in Wisconsin, contributing to 18.79% of the total output of the state. Top products manufactured by Wisconsin include food, beverage and tobacco, machinery, and fabricated metal. The state also manufactures parts for computer and electronic products, transportation, and the aerospace industries. If you’re looking for a state where you can explore a variety of different avenues as a machinist, this may be the perfect place.

3. Maryland: $47,830

Maryland’s state government promotes a business-friendly culture supporting top industries like IT and cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, defense and federal, life sciences, aerospace and defense, bio-health, energy and sustainability, and agribusiness. All these industries rely on perfectly working machinery to operate. CNC machinists may create small parts for machines powering these industries or products they sell.

4. Vermont: $47,760

While Vermont may be the sixth-smallest state in the U.S., it offers great opportunities for CNC machinists. Some of the top industries in Vermont include agriculture, manufacturing and mining, which all rely on the skills of machinists. Vermont has a long history as a precision manufacturing hub, dating to the Industrial Revolution. In fact, the town of Springfield was once part of an area known as “Precision Valley.” Today, Vermont uses some of the most modern techniques and equipment to create parts for precision machining, medical device segments and more.

5. Massachusetts: $47,670

According to U.S. News & World Report, prominent industries in Massachusetts are education, health services, manufacturing and technology. Massachusetts has become a significant manufacturer of electronic and computer products, which CNC machinists may create. There is also a great concentration of technology businesses, which rely on machinists to create core components for products and machinery.

A CNC machine is used to make a precision cut.

6. North Dakota: $47,610

North Dakota’s main industry is agriculture, but there are an increasing number of jobs in energy, technology, advanced manufacturing, tourism and aviation industries. Nearly a quarter of jobs are in the agricultural sector, while oil, coal and renewable energy are also dominant industries in the state. CNC machinists create parts that power machines related to these industries.

7. Wyoming: $47,010

Mineral extraction and tourism are Wyoming’s biggest industries, according to Forbes. Oil, gas, coal, real estate, logistics and manufacturing are all economic drivers in the state. CNC machinists here work on parts that power machines and other products supporting these industries.

8. Maine: $45,720

Fishing, manufacturing, mining and healthcare are just a few of the industries Maine is known for. CNC machinists have the job of producing parts and tools from a range of materials — and they could find work in the state in one of these sectors.

9. Minnesota: $45,610

Minnesota offers many opportunities for CNC machinists. Products in the state are manufactured for industries that include aerospace, farming, HVAC, food production and medical, which includes biopharmaceuticals and medical device production.

10. Connecticut: $45,440

Connecticut offers a wide variety of opportunities for trained CNC machinists. Among the state’s top industries is large-scale manufacturing, as those companies benefit from the state’s central location in the Northeast. This allows manufacturers to easily reach suppliers and customers throughout the U.S. and east coast of Canada. CNC machinists here may create anything from medical devices to parts for submarines.


Ranking All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
1Washington$59,450
2Wisconsin
$47,850
3Maryland$47,830
4Vermont$47,760
5Massachusetts
$47,670
6North Dakota$47,610
7Wyoming$47,010
8Maine$45,720
9Minnesota$45,610
10Connecticut
$45,440
11Nevada$45,150
12South Carolina
$44,940
13New Hampshire$44,570
14Colorado$43,510
15Pennsylvania$43,350
16Oregon
$43,090
17New Jersey
$43,030
18Kansas$42,960
19California$42,640
20Idaho$42,350
21Indiana$42,190
21Kentucky$42,190
23North Carolina
$42,100
24Texas$41,850
25Tennessee$41,470
26Ohio$41,130
27Arizona$41,120
28Rhode Island$40,900
29Missouri$40,730
30Louisiana$40,580
31Michigan$40,540
32South Dakota
$40,470
33Virginia$40,450
34Iowa$40,150
35Montana$40,080
35Nebraska$39,880
37Georgia
$39,680
38Illinois
$39,190
39Alabama$39,030
40Delaware
$38,540
41New York$38,390
42West Virginia$38,070
43Oklahoma$38,070
44Florida
$37,840
45Arkansas
$37,730
46Utah$37,630
47New Mexico$34,980
48Mississippi
$34,110
49AlaskaN/A
50HawaiiN/A
51District of ColumbiaN/A

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