Manufacturing Worker Salary
The average Manufacturing Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.85 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Male Manufacturing Workers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Manufacturing Worker
Manufacturing workers are expected to have a robust set of skills, working knowledge of hand tools, and the dexterity and speed to keep up with rapidly-moving lines. They are generally tasked with loading and unloading items on the production line as well as removing them from carts, dollies, or skids as they arrive. They must also move from area to area and maintain working knowledge of each part of the production line.Read More...
Manufacturing workers must maintain the proper flow of electricity, gas, or other dangerous material to keep the production line running smoothly and efficiently. They should have working knowledge of a variety of hand tools, including soldering, to work on parts on the production line, and quality control and visual inspections are also important to ensure the best end-results. In addition to working on production lines, manufacturing workers must perform preventive maintenance on these lines and their valves and gauges to avoid a large-scale breakdown.
A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and manufacturing workers must also be quick on their feet and able to multitask on a regular basis. They usually work forty-hour weeks with occasional overtime, and travel is not necessary for the position.
Manufacturing Worker Tasks
- Load raw materials onto production lines.
- Inspect finished products for defects.
- Perform assembly and sub-assembly operations.
- Operate hand held equipment.
- Use pallet jacks to transport raw materials.
Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Worker
As Manufacturing Workers transition into upper-level roles such as Manufacturing Production Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Manufacturing Production Managers earn $62K on average per year. Manufacturing Production Supervisors or Licensed Practical Nurses are common next-step roles for Manufacturing Workers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Manufacturing Production Supervisors is $18K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Licensed Practical Nurses.
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Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Worker
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Manufacturing Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $41K.