Plastic Extruder Operator Salary

Plastic Extruder Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $14.02 per hour. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Plastic Extruder Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance.

$20,537 - $69,531
(Median)
$21K
$33K
$70K
MEDIAN: $33,000
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$10.33 - $19.40
(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 - $45,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $19.40  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $28.29  
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 - $45,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.


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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $28K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $32K on average. Plastic Extruder Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Plastic Extruder Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $41K.

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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

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: 43% employee benefits None: 24%
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