Plastic Extruder Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Plastic Extruder Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $14.34 per hour. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,679 - $70,710
(Median)
$21K
$36K
$71K
MEDIAN: $36,000
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$10.54 - $19.79
(Median)
$11
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,679 - $70,710  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$22,983 - $46,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.54 - $19.79  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$22,983 - $46,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $28K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plastic Extruder Operators make a median salary of $39K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $41K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Plastic Extruder Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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