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Assembler Salary (United States)

Assemblers in the United States take home approximately $12.35 per hour on average. In the world of Assemblers, total cash compensation can vary between $19K and $42K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $4K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Male Assemblers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Assemblers. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assembler Salary (?
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$19,911 - $50,595
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MEDIAN: $32,653
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,911 - $50,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
Profit Sharing
$19.65 - $4,000  
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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$19,303 - $41,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
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$9.01 - $17.63  
   
Overtime
$12.61 - $25.50  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.65 - $4,000  
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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$19,303 - $41,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,039
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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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There are some Assemblers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Manufacturing Production Managers, where earnings are an average $62K annually. Becoming a Manufacturing Production Supervisor or an Factory Assembly Line Worker is, however, a more typical career progression for Assemblers.

Assembler Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assembler

Assemblers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, where the average salary comes to $37K.
Assemblers will find the worst pay at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $25K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $29K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Assembler

Assemblers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, Blueprints, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Tools. Most people skilled in Assembler are similarly competent in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Assembler

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $26K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $29K on average. For Assemblers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $33K.

Pay Difference By Location

Fort Worth
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National Average
$28,000
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For Assemblers, working in the bustling city of Fort Worth has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Assemblers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cleveland (+26 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Rockford (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Assemblers in Dallas earn salaries far below the national average by 31 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Rochester and Milwaukee (18 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assembler Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Assembler Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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$28,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 26%