Salary, Wages, Pay: Computer-Control Programmers and Operators


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Median hourly earnings of computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic, were $13.97 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.07 and $17.43. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.14, whereas the top 10 percent earned more than $21.27. Median hourly earnings in the manufacturing industries employing the largest numbers of computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic, in 2002 were:

Metalworking machinery manufacturing $15.97
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 15.14
Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing 13.82
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 13.08
Plastics product manufacturing 11.00

Median hourly earnings of numerical tool and process control programmers were $18.04 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.52 and $22.23. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $11.53, while the top 10 percent earned more than $27.37.








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