Production Technician Salary

Production Technicians in the United States take home an average $16.24 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Production Technicians stretch from $25K on the lower end to $57K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $2K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Production Technicians are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,218 - $61,318
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,154
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$10.97 - $24.13
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,218 - $61,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$24,738 - $57,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.97 - $24.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$16.26 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$24,738 - $57,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 587
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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. It is not uncommon for a Production Technician to continue on to become a Manufacturing Production Supervisor or a Production & Manufacturing Technician.

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Popular Skills for Production Technician


Production Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Production Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Safety Compliance are 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.


Production Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. As Production Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $49K.

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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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Experience Affects Production Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Production Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 45%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 5%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$37,000

Safety Compliance
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Training
up arrow 2%

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Production Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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