Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

Pay for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.38 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. More than half of Packaging or Filling Machine Operators (67 percent) survey respondents are men.

$19,035 - $50,267
(Median)
$19K
$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $32,189
10%
50%
90%

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$9.63 - $18.77
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,035 - $50,267  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,566  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$20,605 - $44,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $18.77  
   
Overtime
$13.21 - $28.57  
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 - $1,566  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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).
)
$20,605 - $44,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 677
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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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Advancing into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role seems to be a popular career move for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $51K per year. The most common career progression for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators leads to becoming a Production Supervisor, where average pay is $50K annually. However, many Packaging or Filling Machine Operators also opt to become Forklift Operators. Typically, a Forklift Operator brings home $29K.

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Packaging or Filling Machine Operators note just a narrow range of job skills. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


For Packaging or Filling Machine Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $28K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $32K. For Packaging or Filling Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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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 4%

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 102 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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