Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

Packaging or Filling Machine Operators in the United States take home an average $13.26 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Packaging or Filling Machine Operators. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$19,512 - $52,343

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$9.29 - $18.46

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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,512 - $52,343  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,000  
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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$20,273 - $43,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $18.46  
   
Overtime
$12.35 - $28.64  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,000  
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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$20,273 - $43,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 566
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quality Assurance / Quality Control. 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 Packaging or Filling Machine Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $28K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $31K. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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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 3%

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: 52% employee benefits None: 20%
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