Assembler Salary

Assemblers in the United States can expect wages of $13.40 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Assemblers — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $43K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,457 - $52,752
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MEDIAN: $34,104
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$9.81 - $18.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,457 - $52,752  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $5,221  
Total Pay (?
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$20,812 - $42,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $18.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$13.75 - $27.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$198.66 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $5,221  
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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$20,812 - $42,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,757

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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

  • 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


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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 $63K per year. As Assemblers progress in their field, many go on to become Factory Assembly Line Workers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $28K. Another common career choice for Assemblers is to move into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role — this promotion usually pays $51K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assembler


The Boeing Company, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Eaton Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas are top-notch employers for Assemblers in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Ford Motor Company offers the most; Assemblers earn $51K on average there. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Boeing Company at $42K, Lockheed Martin Corp at $37K, and General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, where Assemblers annually earn $37K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., and Lowe's Companies, Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($20K, $26K, and $28K respectively).

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 37 percent, 22 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Assembly as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Electronic Equipment Installation and Soldering also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Assembler are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Assembler

Pay by Experience for an Assembler has a positive trend. An entry-level Assembler with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 1,160 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assembler with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 420 salaries. An experienced Assembler which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 303 salaries. An Assembler with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 138 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,822

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For Assemblers, busy Fort Worth offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Assemblers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+27 percent), Rochester (+15 percent), Milwaukee (+9 percent), and Cleveland (+7 percent). Assemblers in Fresno report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Colorado Springs (20 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (9 percent lower).

Assembler Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assembler?

Assembler in Oxford:
"Teamwork makes the dream work."
Pros: My Co-Workers are amazing people. My Boss is great. I work overtime whenever I want. I can go help the Tomahawk group if I want, and I can assist the Press as well if I need more hours. I know a lot of what I do & I'm very comfortable.
Cons: We get laid off at times because of issues with machining. Which kills my checks. We often get off to early too because we hit our #.

Assembler in Munnsville:
"Assembler."
Pros: How constant the work is. I am occupied most of the time which makes the day go by faster. Enjoyed helping others.
Cons: I wouldn't say too much bad comes with the job.

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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Key Stats for Assembler

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Assembler Salaries

▲24%

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$30,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Assembler Salaries

Tools
▲37%

Team Leadership
▲22%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲13%

▲6%



National Average
$30,000

Assembler
▼1%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼6%

Soldering
▼8%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼12%

Assembly
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 24%
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