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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. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Packaging or Filling Machine Operators who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. The majority of Packaging or Filling Machine Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$19,295 - $52,933
(Median)
$19K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,833
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$9.14 - $18.73
(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
$19,295 - $52,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
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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$19,971 - $43,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $18.73  
   
Overtime
$12.19 - $28.89  
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 - $1,984  
   
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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$19,971 - $43,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 518

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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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Many Packaging or Filling Machine Operators move into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $50K per year. As Packaging or Filling Machine Operators progress in their field, many go on to become Production Supervisors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $50K per year. Another common career choice for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators is to move into a Forklift Operator role. Typically, Forklift Operators get paid $28K.

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Packaging or Filling Machine Operators usually report a few specific skills. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Machine Operation tend to be skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control as well.

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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $28K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. For Packaging or Filling Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

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 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%
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