Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

Earnings for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators in the United States come in at around $13.21 per hour on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent.

$19,364 - $52,736
(Median)
$19K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,562
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90%

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$9.20 - $18.52
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,364 - $52,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,035  
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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$20,126 - $43,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $18.52  
   
Overtime
$12.01 - $28.78  
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 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,035  
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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$20,126 - $43,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 552
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Job Description for Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender

A packaging or filling machine operator ensures that all packages are securely fashioned and have the necessary packaging to ensure proper delivery and handling. The operator fills packages of various sizes with the appropriate material to ensure that the item will not be damaged during shipment; this includes using materials such as packing peanuts and bubble wrap to ensure the item will remain intact inside the box, as well as proper adhesives to ensure that the box will remain shut during shipment. A packaging or filling machine operator also selects the correct package size to ensure proper handling, while keeping cost in mind. The operator must also select a box with the necessary strength to ensure the item is not crushed and that it does not break the box.

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Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Tasks

  • Regulate machine flow, speed or temperature.
  • Observe machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of filled or packaged products to standards.
  • Stop or reset machines when malfunctions occur, clear machine jams and report malfunctions to a supervisor.
  • Adjust machine components and machine tension and pressure according to size or processing angle of product.
  • Clean and remove damaged or otherwise inferior materials to prepare raw products for processing.

Common Career Paths for Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender


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Packaging or Filling Machine Operators often transition into Manufacturing Production Supervisor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Manufacturing Production Supervisors earn $50K per year. More often than not, a Production Supervisor role is the next step for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators moving up in the field. Production Supervisors usually make $50K per year. Many other Packaging or Filling Machine Operators choose to take on a Forklift Operator role, where salaries are typically $28K.

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Packaging or Filling Machine Operators report a narrow range of specific skills. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender

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


Packaging or Filling Machine Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $36K.

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Experience Affects Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Machine Operation
0%

National Average
$30,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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