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Assembler Salary (United States)

Assemblers in the United States usually make around $12.35 per hour. Total cash compensation for Assemblers runs from $19K to $41K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and experience level. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Making up 72 percent of the field, male Assemblers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for Assemblers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assembler Salary (?
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$20,077 - $51,195
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MEDIAN: $33,042
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Assembler Salary (?
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$8.98 - $17.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,077 - $51,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
Profit Sharing
$19.65 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,197 - $41,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.98 - $17.68  
   
Overtime
$12.55 - $25.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.65 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,197 - $41,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 955
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Job Description for Assembler

  • Position, align, fasten and install piping, fixtures, or wiring and electrical components to form assemblies or subassemblies, using hand tools, rivet guns, and welding equipment.
  • Construct or assemble an entire product or component of a product.

Common Career Paths for Assembler

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Assemblers sometimes assume positions such as Manufacturing Production Managers. That role typically pays $61K per year. However, becoming a Manufacturing Production Supervisor or Factory Assembly Line Worker is a more frequent transition for Assemblers.

Assembler Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assembler

General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $37K.
Pay for Assemblers is the lowest at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., which has a median salary of $25K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $29K. Parker Hannifin Corp also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Popular Skills for Assembler

Typical Assemblers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Blueprints, Assembler, and Tools are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Tools. Those familiar with Assembler also tend to know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Assembler

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $26K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $29K. Assemblers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $33K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Fort Worth offers some of the highest pay in the country for Assemblers, 26 percent above the national average. Houston, Atlanta, Tulsa, and Chicago also offer top salaries for Assemblers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 17 percent, 14 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent more, respectively. Rochester ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Assembler Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Assembler Salaries

Blueprints
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$28,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%