Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

Packaging or Filling Machine Operators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.18 per hour. More than half of Packaging or Filling Machine Operators (68 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half.

$19,295 - $52,933
(Median)
$19K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,833
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$9.10 - $18.85
(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 - $1,982  
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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$19,735 - $44,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $18.85  
   
Overtime
$12.01 - $29.11  
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 - $1,982  
   
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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$19,735 - $44,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 496

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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. 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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Experience with Machine Operation is often linked with knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $28K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $31K on average. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $37K.

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Experience Affects Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

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
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 19%