Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

Median pay for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.25 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up the majority of Packaging or Filling Machine Operators (68 percent) survey respondents. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. For the most part, Packaging or Filling Machine Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$19,364 - $52,736
(Median)
$19K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,562
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$9.28 - $18.52
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,364 - $52,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
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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$20,281 - $43,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.28 - $18.52  
   
Overtime
$12.03 - $28.76  
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 - $1,993  
   
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).
)
$20,281 - $43,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 551
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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 who move on to become Manufacturing Production Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Manufacturing Production Supervisors get paid an average of $50K per year. Going from Packaging or Filling Machine Operator to Production Supervisor is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $50K. Many others choose to work as Forklift Operators, where pay is typically $28K.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Packaging or Filling Machine Operators who took the survey. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Machine Operation are typically practiced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, too.

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

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


For many Packaging or Filling Machine Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $36K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

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 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 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
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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