Plastic Extruder Operator Salary

An average Plastic Extruder Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.13 per hour. Most Plastic Extruder Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,539 - $70,469
$24K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,106
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$11.38 - $20.80
$11
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MEDIAN: $15.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,539 - $70,469  
   
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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$24,414 - $50,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $20.80  
   
Overtime
$14.41 - $29.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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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$24,414 - $50,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 272

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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.


Plastic Extruder Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.

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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 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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