How to Make Your Next Cnc Machinist Hire

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Last updated at 09-17-2020 17:30:24



More than 7,591 companies advertise 31,704 Cnc Machinist jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Cnc Machinist most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 8,556 job posts from 3,416 employers in the United States. This is a decrease of 8.0% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 36 Cnc Machinist job seekers for every active Cnc Machinist job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Cnc Machinist, Cnc Operator, Machinist, Machine Operator, Cnc Programmer, Warehouse Worker, Delivery Driver, Cnc Lathe Operator, Laborer, and Cnc Mill Operator seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Cnc Machinist candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Cnc Machinist candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 8.9% of the active Cnc Machinist candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 11.7% have between 3-5 years of experience, 26.0% have 6-10 years of experience, and 53.4% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 12.8 years to 12.9 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include cnc, machining, micrometer, cnc lathe, cnc programming, calipers, cnc milling machine, gd&t, cam programming, and communication skills. Demand for tooling, fanuc, English, writing skills, autocad, geometry, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, lean manufacturing, and mechanical knowledge has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Cnc Machinist with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.4 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 49.1% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 40.0%.

Example Cnc Machinist responsibilities

  • Prepare, operate and/or supervise operation of Computer Numerical Control or CNC machines that are used to cut, drill or calculate
  • Select equipment and materials, read operational directions and codes and interpret specifications to prepare program sheets
  • Set material dimensions and location on machine table
  • Examine material for defects
  • Inspect finished work to verify dimensions and meet specifications


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Cnc Machinist positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, and Florida are the states that have the highest demand for Cnc Machinists. California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Florida are where most job seekers are searching for Cnc Machinist jobs. If we look at the Cnc Machinist to job ratio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Mississippi have the lowest number of Cnc Machinist applicants per job. Wyoming, West Virginia, Nevada, Arkansas, and Delaware have the most active Cnc Machinist job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 304,921 job seekers interested in Cnc Machinist opportunities in the United States. That’s a 25.0% increase compared to the previous quarter with 247,842 active job seekers. Around 8.9% of the active Cnc Machinist candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 11.7% have between 3-5 years of experience, 26.0% have 6-10 years of experience, and 53.4% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Cnc Machinist candidates is 12.9 years. Active candidates in the Cnc Machinist profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Cnc Machinist candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have greater negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll likely have to attract several times more candidates to make a hire compared to other professions.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 6,394 Cnc Machinists from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including National Oilwell Varco, Parker Hannifin, Pridgeon and Clay, Moeller Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, Caterpillar, GKN, Eaton, and Busche Performance Group.

After analyzing post-interview data from Cnc Machinist candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 54.1% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 89.8% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Cnc Machinist candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, drug test, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a group interview or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Cnc Machinist quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 61.3% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 46% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Describe a time when you had an important decision to make. How did you approach it?
  • How do you usually decide on your next course of action?
  • What motivates you to get the work done?
  • How do you clarify goals and expectations?
  • How do you feel about taking risks?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Cnc Machinist salary offered by employers increased for 5 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 5% from $57,700.02 to $60,349.02 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Cnc Machinist positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 90.3%, dental insurance by 78.6%, paid time off by 75.6%, a 401k plan by 70.8%, vision insurance by 68.8%, discounts by 16.3%, and stock options/grants by 12.9%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including mostly remote, paternity leave, flexible working hours, sabbaticals, location variety, somewhat remote, maternity leave, and fully remote, to attract and retain Cnc Machinist candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 34.8% of the employers conducted a background check, and 35.0% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Cnc Machinist candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Cnc Machinist, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Cnc Machinist candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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