Plastic Extruder Operator Salary

Plastic Extruder Operators in the United States pull down an average of $15.20 per hour. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Plastic Extruder Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Plastic Extruder Operators (89 percent) who took the survey are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,453 - $69,043
$23K
$38K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,517
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50%
90%

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$11.54 - $20.78
$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,453 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $3,490  
Profit Sharing
$814  
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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$24,564 - $50,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.54 - $20.78  
   
Overtime
$14.53 - $30.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$206.08 - $3,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$814  
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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$24,564 - $50,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 271

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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

  • Inspect products for quality and conformance to specifications.
  • Operate a forklift or other equipment to move materials and products from one area to another.
  • 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.

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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Plastic Extruder Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $41K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Key Stats for Plastic Extruder Operator

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Experienced
▲21%

Late-Career
▲19%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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