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.
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.Read More...
Generally, it takes about one year or longer to learn the job's ins and outs. However, learning how to use an extruding machine in this particular job takes much longer than a year. Typically, all of the work takes place inside a well-ventilated area (due to plastic fumes) of a building. The machines used by plastic extrusion operators produce all sizes of tubes, hoses, and wires for wiring. Those in this position are also responsible for quality-testing, meaning they must test the tubes and wires which are made via the extruder.
Plastic extrusion operators must have an extreme eye for detail, as they have to maintain their machines at all times. Their work shifts are typically 8 to 10 hours per day with weekends off, though this often depends on the company.
Those working to attain this position do have to compete with outsourcing, as companies frequently outsource this type of work other countries, and job growth is slow in this sector.
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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