An average Production Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.21 per hour. In the world of Production Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $58K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $3K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Production Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of Production Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,237 - $59,624
$28K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,478
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50%
90%

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$11.68 - $24.78
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,237 - $59,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,562  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,477  
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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$25,485 - $58,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $24.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.30  
Overtime
$16.41 - $36.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,477  
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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$25,485 - $58,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 618

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Job Description for Production Technician

In an assembly or manufacturing plant, the individuals who work with items and prepare them for further production/assembly are production technicians. The production technician usually holds an entry-level job in a company; however, a manufacturing company needs production personnel to exercise quality control, operate machinery efficiently and safely, and possess basic math and manual manufacturing abilities.

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Production Technician Tasks

  • Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.
  • Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.
  • Follow all regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.
  • Set up and operate production equipment and perform basic maintenance on machine.
  • Responsible for machine operation and crew in an industrial setting.

Common Career Paths for Production Technician


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There are some Production Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Manufacturing Production Managers, where earnings are an average $62K annually. Production Technicians most often move into positions as Manufacturing Production Supervisors or Production & Manufacturing Technicians; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Technician


The biggest paychecks can be found at General Electric Co (GE) — the median salary there is $50K.

Popular Skills for Production Technician


Production Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting, Equipment Maintenance, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 23 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Audio Visual Equipment Use, Production Support, and Machine Operation. Those familiar with Safety Compliance also tend to know Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Technician

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


For Production Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $35K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $40K. Production Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $51K.

Production Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Production Technician?

Production Technician in Medford:
"Great working environment."
Pros: The people I work with are for the most part very open and helpful. The manager of the production floor has made an effort to open lines of communication between every employee and the environment feels extremely happy and loving.
Cons: The systems we have in place could be better. Scrap, inventory, AI's and quality in general all need strong changes.

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Key Stats for Production Technician

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Production Technician Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Production Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 33%

Equipment Maintenance
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National Average
$37,000

Machine Operation
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Production Support
up arrow 5%

Audio Visual Equipment Use
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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