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.

$21,316 - $85,149
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MEDIAN: $35,495
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$10.36 - $22.81
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$21,316 - $85,149  
   
Bonus
$392.28 - $6,267  
Profit Sharing
$2,023  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$22,205 - $54,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $22.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.88  
Overtime
$15.27 - $34.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$392.28 - $6,267  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,023  
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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$22,205 - $54,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 430
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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.

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Manufacturing Worker Tasks

  • Operate hand held equipment.
  • Use pallet jacks to transport raw materials.
  • Perform assembly and sub-assembly operations.
  • Load raw materials onto production lines.
  • Inspect finished products for defects.

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Worker


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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.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Manufacturing Worker Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 18%

forklift
up arrow 12%


Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Blueprints
up arrow 5%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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