Salary for Tool and Die Makers

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Also known as:  Jig Bore Tool Maker, Metal Die Finisher, Metal Gauge Maker, Plastic Die Maker Apprentice, Tool Maker, Toolmaker helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Tool and die makers assemble and fit parts for machinists' hand tools, dies, fixtures, cutting tools, jigs, gauges and other similar items. These occupations can be dangerous as sharp tools are frequently used. Completion of technical schooling or its equivalency is usually necessary to be considered for this position. An employer usually requires up to two years of formal on-site job training after being hired for this job.

A Tool or Die Maker can receive salaries ranging between $34,840 to $79,090 depending on tenure and industry expertise. get average salaries of fifty-five thousand five hundred and twenty dollars annually.

can get the best compensation in Connecticut, which has average pay levels of close to $67,770. People in this job function are paid most highly in Public Administration, which has job pay of $69,660.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.78 percent nationwide in that time.


Tool and Die Makers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Wholesale Trade