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Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salary (United States)

Pay for Factory Assembly Line Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.66 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $1K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Factory Assembly Line Workers can bottom out near $18K or peak near $43K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Men account for the majority of Factory Assembly Line Workers — 67 percent to be exact. Most Factory Assembly Line Workers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salary (?
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$21,455 - $50,122
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MEDIAN: $31,160
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Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salary (?
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$8.19 - $17.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,455 - $50,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,391  
Profit Sharing
$122.34 - $4,966  
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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$17,845 - $43,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.19 - $17.14  
   
Overtime
$11.23 - $26.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,391  
   
Profit Sharing
$122.34 - $4,966  
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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$17,845 - $43,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 683
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Job Description for Assembly Line Worker, Factory

Factory assembly line workers help in the production of mass-produced items. The hours may vary in this role, but workers can expect to work eight-hour days with unpaid lunch and rest breaks provided. Workers must have a keen attention to detail and the ability to focus on assembly accuracy for the duration of their shifts. They also must be able to stand for long periods of time, as the work requires active monitoring of the production process.
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Assembly Line Worker, Factory Tasks
  • Fit, align, and assemble parts according to established procedures, blueprints, or schematics.

Common Career Paths for Assembly Line Worker, Factory

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For Factory Assembly Line Workers, career progression to a Registered Nurse role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Registered Nurse, an upper-level role, can earn $55K annually. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant is, more often than not, the most common role that Factory Assembly Line Workers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A typical salary for a Certified Nurse Assistant is $23K. Another frequent advance is for Factory Assembly Line Workers to assume a Licensed Practical Nurse role; in this role, workers often take home $37K.

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Factory Assembly Line Workers report a narrow range of specific skills. Machine Operation and Assembler are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Assembler.

Pay by Experience Level for Assembly Line Worker, Factory

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Factory Assembly Line Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $25K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $27K. For Factory Assembly Line Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Factory Assembly Line Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $34K on average. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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Factory Assembly Line Workers will find that Detroit offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Factory Assembly Line Workers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+28 percent) and Cleveland (+11 percent).

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Experience Affects Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$26,000
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Skills That Affect Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salaries

Machine Operation
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National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 28%