Plastic Extruder Operator Salary
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.
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.
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.