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Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salary (United States)

An average Factory Assembly Line Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.66 per hour. Total incomes of Factory Assembly Line Workers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $1K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $18K and $44K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The majority of Factory Assembly Line Workers (67 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salary (?
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$23,178 - $50,337
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MEDIAN: $30,520
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Assembly Line Worker, Factory Salary (?
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$8.19 - $17.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,178 - $50,337  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
Profit Sharing
$112.50 - $5,000  
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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$17,692 - $43,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.19 - $17.27  
   
Overtime
$11.20 - $27.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
   
Profit Sharing
$112.50 - $5,000  
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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$17,692 - $43,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 670
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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 such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses on average earn $55K per year. Factory Assembly Line Workers go on to become Certified Nurse Assistants more often than anything even though typical pay for the role is $23K. Factory Assembly Line Workers who move into a Licensed Practical Nurse role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $37K.

Assembly Line Worker, Factory Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as Factory Assembly Line Workers report a focused set of job skills. Machine Operation and Assembler are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Assembler.

Pay by Experience Level for Assembly Line Worker, Factory

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Factory Assembly Line Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $25K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $27K. Factory Assembly Line Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $33K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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National Average
$26,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Factory Assembly Line Workers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Factory Assembly Line Workers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+31 percent), Toledo (+24 percent), Cleveland (+12 percent), and Louisville (+7 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
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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 106 votes.

Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%