How to Make Your Next Cnc Operator Hire

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Last updated at 09-19-2020 16:39:24



More than 4,627 companies advertise 15,974 Cnc Operator 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 Operator most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 4,771 job posts from 2,016 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 11.3% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 60 Cnc Operator job seekers for every active Cnc Operator job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Machine Operator, Cnc Machinist, Cnc Operator, Warehouse Worker, Delivery Driver, Laborer, Forklift Operator, Assembler, Machinist, and Operator seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Cnc Operator 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 Operator candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 12.5% of the active Cnc Operator candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 16.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 28.2% have 6-10 years of experience, and 42.3% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 10.1 years to 9.8 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, calipers, micrometer, communication skills, manufacturing, precision measuring instruments, machining, math, mechanical knowledge, and cnc lathe. Demand for English, computer literacy, cad, communication skills, calipers, math, cnc, basic math, time management, and machining has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Cnc Operator with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 52.1% 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 20.0%.

Example Cnc Operator responsibilities

  • Performing basic machine set-up and operation to program complex tool paths
  • Creating plots for parts, tools, fixtures, jigs and programs
  • Installing and configuring the control system
  • Maintaining the computerized manufacturing control system (C/CNC/CAM)


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 Operator positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Michigan, Illinois, California, North Carolina, and Texas are the states that have the highest demand for Cnc Operators. California, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, and North Carolina are where most job seekers are searching for Cnc Operator jobs. If we look at the Cnc Operator to job ratio, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Vermont, Iowa, and New Hampshire have the lowest number of Cnc Operator applicants per job. Alaska, New Mexico, Tennessee, Delaware, and Alabama have the most active Cnc Operator 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 277,671 job seekers interested in Cnc Operator opportunities in the United States. That’s a 18.7% increase compared to the previous quarter with 239,232 active job seekers. Around 12.5% of the active Cnc Operator candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 16.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 28.2% have 6-10 years of experience, and 42.3% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Cnc Operator candidates is 9.8 years. Active candidates in the Cnc Operator 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 Operator candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 5,867 Cnc Operators from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Rolls-Royce, Busche Performance Group, Schaeffler Group, Eaton, GE Corporate, Stackpole International, Parker Hannifin, Linamar, Snap-on, and Dana Incorporated.

After analyzing post-interview data from Cnc Operator candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 57.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 89.7% 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 Operator candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, drug test, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises or group interview. If you are trying to hire your next Cnc Operator quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 56.7% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 45% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • How did you hear about this opening?
  • What education and experience have prepared you for this position?
  • To what extent do you consider your experience a strength?
  • Describe a time when you had to exercise good judgment in assigning your time to competing activities.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

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 Operator salary offered by employers increased for 4 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 4% from $47,400.01 to $49,311.46 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Cnc Operator positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 83.4%, dental insurance by 74.5%, a 401k plan by 67.6%, vision insurance by 67.4%, paid time off by 66.6%, discounts by 17.2%, and stock options/grants by 12.9%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including maternity leave, mostly remote, location variety, sabbaticals, somewhat remote, fully remote, flexible working hours, and paternity leave, to attract and retain Cnc Operator candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 23.2% of the employers conducted a background check, and 22.3% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Cnc Operator candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Cnc Operator, 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 Operator candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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