Plastic Extruder Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Plastic Extruder Operators in the United States, bringing in about $14.01 per hour. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession.

$20,537 - $69,531
(Median)
$21K
$33K
$70K
MEDIAN: $33,000
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$10.33 - $19.31
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,537 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
Profit Sharing
$688 - $1,831  
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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$22,728 - $44,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $19.31  
   
Overtime
$12.58 - $27.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
   
Profit Sharing
$688 - $1,831  
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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$22,728 - $44,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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Job Description for Plastic Extruder Operator

Plastic extrusion operators generally work in areas of plastics manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing, and automotive manufacturing. This job is similar to other labor jobs in that, most of the time, people in this position do not require a high school diploma to work in the field. Plastic extrusion operators do go through job training, however, to learn the equipment and movements required to do the job successfully.

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Plastic Extruder Operator Tasks

  • Monitor safety and maintenance needs on the plant floor, reporting major problems and fixing minor ones.
  • Set up, monitor, and operate plastic extrusion equipment, troubleshooting to meet output goals.
  • Inspect products for quality and conformance to specifications.
  • Operate a forklift or other equipment to move materials and products from one area to another.

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Pay by Experience Level for Plastic Extruder Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Plastic Extruder Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $28K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. Plastic Extruder Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Plastic Extruder Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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