Production Technician Salary

Production Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $16.52 per hour on average. In the world of Production Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $2K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $24K and $60K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Production Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,150 - $62,930
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,827
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$10.66 - $25.06
(Median)
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,150 - $62,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,029  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,424  
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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$24,280 - $59,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $25.06  
   
Overtime
$16.17 - $35.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,424  
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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$24,280 - $59,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Production Technician


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At the upper end, Production Technicians who move into a Manufacturing Production Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Manufacturing Production Managers is a much higher $62K per year. A Production Technician may also move into a role as a Manufacturing Production Supervisor or a Production & Manufacturing Technician.

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Popular Skills for Production Technician


Production Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Safety Compliance, Training, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting. Those proficient in Safety Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Technician

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


For many Production Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $36K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Technicians make a median salary of $41K. 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 $48K.

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Experience Affects Production Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Production Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Safety Compliance
0%

National Average
$37,000

Training
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%