Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salary (United States)

A typical Factory Assembly Line Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.66 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.19 per hour to $17.14. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by around two-thirds and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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MEDIAN: $11.00
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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As Factory Assembly Line Workers transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Registered Nurse may earn an extra $29K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. A Certified Nurse Assistant role is the most prevalent career advancement for Factory Assembly Line Workers, though paychecks actually shrink by $3,735. a Licensed Practical Nurse position is another common transition for Factory Assembly Line Workers; in this role, salaries typically increase by $10,640.

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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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $25K to $27K after five to 10 years in the field. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $29K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Factory Assembly Line Workers tend to earn $34K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Detroit
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Houston
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Cleveland
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National Average
$26,000
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For Factory Assembly Line Workers, working in the bustling city of Detroit has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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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Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000
Entry-Level
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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%
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