An average Packaging or Filling Machine Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.93 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Packaging or Filling Machine Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$19,576 - $53,069
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$34K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,070
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$10.09 - $19.52
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,576 - $53,069  
   
Bonus
$345.21 - $3,244  
Profit Sharing
$800  
Total Pay (?
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$21,286 - $45,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $19.52  
   
Overtime
$14.88 - $29.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$345.21 - $3,244  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$21,286 - $45,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 673

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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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For Packaging or Filling Machine Operators, progressing to a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Manufacturing Production Supervisor can earn $51K annually. It is quite typical for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators to transition into roles as Production Supervisors or Quality Control Inspectors, where reported median earnings are $19K and $7K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender


Packaging or Filling Machine Operators note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Packaging, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Machine Operation, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training. Those proficient in Machine Operation are, more often than not, also skilled in Packaging.

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

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Key Stats for Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

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National Average
$31,000

Training
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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