Men represent the vast majority of Plastic Extruder Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.08 per hour nationwide. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,834 - $70,469
(Median)
$21K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,106
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$11.38 - $20.67
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,834 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $2,490  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,335 - $50,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $20.67  
   
Overtime
$14.36 - $29.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$201.34 - $2,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,335 - $50,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Plastic Extruder Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Plastic Extruder Operators see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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