CNC Careers

Unfilled CNC Machinist Positions in the US as of December 2023: 570,000

*Expected to rise to 2.1 million open jobs by 2030. Data from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Machinist Job Titles

Hiring Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Aircraft
  • Military & Defense
  • Ammunition
  • Weaponry
  • Automotive
  • Auto Racing
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Medical & Dental
  • Prosthetics
  • Musical Instruments
  • Tooling
  • Machinery
  • Refinery
  • Forging & Casting
  • Signs & Fabrication
  • Containers & Cookware
  • Furniture
  • Metal Working
  • Electronics
  • Toys & Figurines
  • Burial Monuments & Memorials
  • Agricultural
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2023 Living Wages and Annual Salaries


The average Machinist salary in California is $51,665 or $23.90 per hour, but the range typically falls between $45,940 and $58,857*.

Tool & Die Maker

The average Tool and Die Maker salary in California is $69,711 or $33.24 per hour, but the range typically falls between $61,341 and $78,434*.

CNC Machine Operator

The average CNC Operator salary in California is $55,190 as of September 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $48,390 and $62,690*.

CNC Programmer

The average CNC Programmer salary in California is $68,250 per year, or $32.81 per hour. Entry level positions start at $56,437 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $91,426* per year.

Waterjet Operator

The average hourly pay for a Waterjet Operator in California is $16.91 an hour. The average salary for Waterjet Operator is $44,648* per year.

Aerospace Parts Inspector

The average Aerospace Inspector salary in California is $97,816 or 47.80 per hour, but the range typically falls between $87,686 and $118,507*.

*Salary information compiled from based on estimated median California salaries October 2023.