Operations Technician Salary

The average Operations Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $18.60 per hour. In the world of Operations Technicians, overall income ranges from $27K near the bottom to $73K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Operations Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Operations Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,163 - $72,900
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,232
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$12.24 - $30.83
(Median)
$12
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,163 - $72,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,520  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $5,991  
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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$27,035 - $73,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $30.83  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $48.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,520  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $5,991  
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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$27,035 - $73,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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Job Description for Operations Technician

An operations technician performs a number of tasks on the production floor of a manufacturing facility. While automation has replaced much of the labor performed at manufacturing plants, humans are still necessary to ensure that more fragile parts of a product are properly handled and that machinery is placing parts together correctly.

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Operations Technician Tasks

  • Perform ad hoc tasks in the field or in the facility, and respond to emergency calls.
  • Perform production tasks such as processing, filling, and unloading.
  • Assist in inspections, repairs, or preventative maintenance of equipment or units.
  • Compile delivery and receipt data and submit it electronically.

Common Career Paths for Operations Technician


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Operations Technicians may enjoy increased earnings if they become Operations Supervisors. This seems to be a popular career move, and Operations Supervisor earn a slightly higher median of $49K annually.

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Survey results suggest that Operations Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 122 percent and 37 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Relations and Customer Service as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Operations Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Operations Technicians. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Operations Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $62K.

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Experience Affects Operations Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Operations Technician Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 122%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 37%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$43,000

Customer Service
up arrow 13%

Customer Relations
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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