Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

The average Packaging or Filling Machine Operator in the United States earns approximately $13.38 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Some workers in this field — close to a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. More than half of Packaging or Filling Machine Operators (67 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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

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$9.63 - $18.77
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
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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).
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$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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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 $51K per year. A Production Supervisor role is the most common promotion for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $50K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators is a Forklift Operator position, where earnings are usually $29K.

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Survey takers who work as Packaging or Filling Machine Operators typically report just a few professional 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. Quality Assurance / Quality Control is a skill commonly found among those who know Machine Operation.

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. 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 — $32K on average. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 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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