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Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salary

The average Packaging or Filling Machine Operator in the United States earns approximately $13.22 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Packaging or Filling Machine Operators (68 percent) who took the survey are men. For the most part, Packaging or Filling Machine Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$19,364 - $52,736
(Median)
$19K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,562
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$9.15 - $18.70
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,364 - $52,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,035  
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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$20,064 - $43,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.15 - $18.70  
   
Overtime
$12.19 - $29.00  
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.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,035  
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).
)
$20,064 - $43,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 530
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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 $50K per year. As Packaging or Filling Machine Operators progress in their field, many go on to become Production Supervisors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $50K per year. Another common career choice for Packaging or Filling Machine Operators is to move into a Forklift Operator role. Typically, Forklift Operators get paid $28K.

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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. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also commonly seen together.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $28K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. 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
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / Tender Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 19%
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