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
At the upper end, Assemblers who move into a Manufacturing Production Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Manufacturing Production Managers is a much higher $62K per year. Given that the median pay is $28K, it may be surprising to find that a Factory Assembly Line Worker is the most common role for Assemblers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role — which pays $51K — is also typical for Assemblers, though less common by comparison.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Assembler
Assemblers flock to The Boeing Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Eaton Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Ford Motor Company offers the most; Assemblers earn $51K on average there. The Boeing Company, Eaton Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp also offer top salaries for Assemblers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $42K, $38K, and $37K, respectively.
Employees at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., and Lowe's Companies, Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $20K, $26K, and $28K.
Popular Skills for Assembler
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Tools, Team Leadership, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 24 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Assembly as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Soldering and Electronic Equipment Installation also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Assembler are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints.
Pay by Experience Level for Assembler
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $27K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $32K. Assemblers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $37K.
Pay Difference by Location
Assemblers will find that Fort Worth offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Assemblers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Rochester (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and Milwaukee (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Colorado Springs is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Orlando and 3 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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