Average Packaging or Filling Machine Operators in the United States make around $13.97 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Approximately one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$18,574 - $51,419
(Median)
$19K
$33K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,020
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$10.05 - $19.54
(Median)
$10
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,574 - $51,419  
   
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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$21,150 - $44,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $19.54  
   
Overtime
$14.76 - $29.53  
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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$21,150 - $44,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 653
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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 transition into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $51K per year. Typical career progression for a Packaging or Filling Machine Operator involves becoming a Production Supervisor or a Quality Control Inspector, roles that pay $19K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender


Typical Packaging or Filling Machine Operators report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Packaging, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Machine Operation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know Machine Operation also know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $29K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $33K. Packaging or Filling Machine Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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