Plastic Extruder Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Plastic Extruder Operators in the United States, bringing in about $14.02 per hour. Though the majority of Plastic Extruder Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well.

$20,537 - $69,531

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$10.35 - $19.33

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,537 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
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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$22,772 - $45,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $19.33  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $28.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
   
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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$22,772 - $45,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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, 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 $32K. Plastic Extruder Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $41K.

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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 23%
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