Assemblers in the United States take home an average $13.20 per hour. Total cash compensation to Assemblers approaches anywhere from $21K on the lower end to $43K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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MEDIAN: $31,493
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$9.65 - $18.60
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,438 - $51,944  
   
Bonus
$103.42 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $5,182  
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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$20,506 - $42,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $18.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$13.51 - $27.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$103.42 - $3,523  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $5,182  
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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$20,506 - $42,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,568
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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.

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Assembler Tasks

  • 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 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

National Average: $29,287

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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.

Assembler Reviews

What is it like working as an Assembler?

Assembler in Yuba City:
"Custom made orchard sprayers."
Pros: Building heavy machinery and the satisfaction of completing each sprayer.
Cons: Running out of parts.

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Experience Affects Assembler Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Assembler Salaries

Tools
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Team Leadership
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Soldering
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$29,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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