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Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

Packaging or Filling Machine Operators in the United States take home approximately $13.27 per hour on average. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Packaging or Filling Machine Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Packaging or Filling Machine Operators survey respondents are men (70 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$21,773 - $50,886
(Median)
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36K
40K
51K
MEDIAN: $35,575
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$9.11 - $19.01
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,773 - $50,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,953  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $1,221  
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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$19,990 - $44,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $19.01  
   
Overtime
$12.41 - $28.46  
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 - $1,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $1,221  
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).
)
$19,990 - $44,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 469
United States (change)

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, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like a Manufacturing Production Supervisor will earn $50K annually. The most common next step for a Packaging or Filling Machine Operator is to become a Production Supervisor or a Quality Control Inspector. The former position pays an additional $19K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Packaging or Filling Machine Operators only report a few specific skills. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $32K. On average, Packaging or Filling Machine Operators make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $37K.

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Experience Affects Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%