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Production Operator Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Production Operator is $15.25 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Safety Compliance and Systems Computer/Console Operations.
Production Operator Salary (?
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$25,681 - $82,829
(Median)
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83K
MEDIAN: $41,872
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Production Operator Salary (?
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$10.26 - $24.10
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,681 - $82,829  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,981  
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $5,160  
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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$23,470 - $64,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $24.10  
   
Overtime
$14.99 - $36.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $5,160  
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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$23,470 - $64,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,204
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Job Description for Production Operator

Production operators monitor equipment during operations. Attention to detail while monitoring gauges and lines is required. The ability to troubleshoot and maintain production line machinery typically is preferred. Operators generally are responsible for accurately and completely documenting production activities in a timely manner. Auxiliary tasks may include housekeeping, inspections, safety walkthroughs, organization, and transport. Responsibilities may include direct handling of products including during production, specification checks, and packaging.
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Production Operator Tasks
  • Inspect and quality check products, and verify accuracy.
  • Interpret specifications and calibrate machines to reach goals.
  • Simultaneously operate multiple pieces of equipment to produce products efficiently.
  • Monitor gauges or other indicators to assess progress, production, and maintenance needs.

Common Career Paths for Production Operator

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Pay by Experience Level for Production Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Baton Rouge
up arrow 97%
Lafayette
up arrow 89%
Houston
up arrow 39%
Chicago
up arrow 35%
Los Angeles
up arrow 16%
Phoenix
up arrow 10%
National Average
$36,000
Portland
up arrow 1%
Detroit
up arrow 1%
Indianapolis
up arrow 5%
Dallas
up arrow 7%
St. Louis
up arrow 7%
Grand Rapids
up arrow 8%
Buffalo
up arrow 14%
Atlanta
up arrow 15%
New York
up arrow 16%
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Production Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Production Operator?
Production Operator in Shoemakersville:
"High stress level, the management is full of terrible people."
Pros: I love that this job provides an opportunity for me to participate in job sites.
Cons: Everyone always have a bad attitude even the supervisors. Alot of slamming and yelling.

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Experience Affects Production Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Production Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 60%
Systems Computer/Console Operations
up arrow 39%
Maintenance
up arrow 6%
National Average
$36,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%
Machine Operation
up arrow 3%
Team Leadership
up arrow 10%
Shipping
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 280 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%