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Production Operator Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Production Operator is $15.20 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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$25,463 - $82,829
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $41,875
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Production Operator Salary (?
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$10.26 - $24.39
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,463 - $82,829  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,991  
Profit Sharing
$100.84 - $5,207  
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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$23,431 - $64,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $24.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.39  
Overtime
$14.99 - $37.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,991  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.84 - $5,207  
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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$23,431 - $64,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,414
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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 94%
Lafayette
up arrow 90%
Houston
up arrow 40%
Chicago
up arrow 36%
Los Angeles
up arrow 15%
Phoenix
up arrow 7%
Detroit
0%
National Average
$36,000
Indianapolis
up arrow 1%
Portland
up arrow 2%
St. Louis
up arrow 6%
Dallas
up arrow 12%
Atlanta
up arrow 12%
Grand Rapids
up arrow 14%
Buffalo
up arrow 14%
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 62%
Systems Computer/Console Operations
up arrow 40%
Maintenance
up arrow 7%
Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%
National Average
$36,000
Machine Operation
up arrow 3%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%
Team Leadership
up arrow 9%
Shipping
up arrow 12%
Assembler
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%