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Plastic Extruder Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Plastic Extruder Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.97 per hour. Most Plastic Extruder Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,537 - $69,531
(Median)
$21K
$33K
$70K
MEDIAN: $33,000
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$10.35 - $19.25
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,537 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $1,800  
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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$22,737 - $44,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $19.25  
   
Overtime
$12.84 - $27.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $1,800  
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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$22,737 - $44,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170

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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.


For Plastic Extruder Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $28K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $32K. Plastic Extruder Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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 $42K on average.

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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 23%
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