Job Description for Assembler
Assemblers are responsible for completing assembly tasks according to specific company instructions, including following plans and drawings for step-by-step assembly instructions and collecting and installing parts to create new products.Read More...
Assemblers must be organized and pay close attention to detail to avoid assembly errors that could delay production goals and should also keep their work area clean of all unnecessary items to prevent cluttering. They use protective gear such as goggles, boots, aprons, and hats to avoid accidents and report their progress to an assembly manager in their department. Assemblers may also be responsible for identifying possible obstacles in the manufacturing process and helping other assemblers as needed. Some may help move finished products into a different area for quality control or help operate drills, saws, and other dangerous tools after specific training. They generally work alongside other assemblers to reach objectives within given time-frames, but should also work well on their own with minimal supervision.
Communication skills are necessary in this position to notify supervisors of any issues during the assembly process. They work in a fast-paced environment handling equipment, resources, and other materials to assemble final products with efficiency and expertise, and must also lift heavy objects on a regular basis and perform basic computer functions for accurate item-counts. These assemblers stand on their feet for several hours at a time and use specialized tools to complete their tasks, and may also use pliers, screwdrivers, rulers, or hammers. A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and relevant prior experience is highly beneficial.
- Construct or assemble an entire product or component of a product.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Assembler
Assemblers may progress into high-paying roles like Manufacturing Production Manager, where median compensation is $62K annually. Assemblers go on to become Factory Assembly Line Workers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $28K. Assemblers who move into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $51K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Assembler
Many Assemblers can be found at The Boeing Company, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, and Lockheed Martin Corp, firms that are at the top of the field. For Assemblers, comfortable salaries can be found at The Boeing Company; in fact, average earnings are around $42K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($25K versus $48K) is great. Other big spenders include Eaton Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, top-paying firms where Assemblers see paychecks nearing $41K, $37K, or $37K.
Employees at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., and Lowe's Companies, Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $19K, $26K, and $28K.
Popular Skills for Assembler
Survey results imply that Assemblers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Tools, Team Leadership, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 24 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Assembly as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Electronic Equipment Installation and Metal Inert Gas Welding also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Assembler tend to be well versed in Blueprints.
Pay by Experience Level for Assembler
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Assemblers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Assemblers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Assembler generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $37K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Assemblers, busy Fort Worth offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Assemblers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Appleton (+21 percent), Rochester (+17 percent), and Milwaukee (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 7 percent below the national average.
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