Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary
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.
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.Read More...
The operator should have a high attention to detail and be able to follow a standard procedure, while maintaining the ability to deal with non-standard items and operations as required. The operator must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and on their feet for the majority of a shift. They should also be able to work in a facility that includes hazards such as constant loud noises and plastic, silicon, and other packaging materials (which may be hazardous to allergic individuals). The operator should be energetic, safety-conscious, and a team player. It is imperative that the individual have reliable transportation and the ability to arrive to work on time.
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
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.