Production Technician Salary (United States)

Production Technicians in the United States usually make around $16.18 per hour. The top of the range reaches $24.92, and the bottom approaches $10.69 per hour. Incomes of Production Technicians vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $4,942 cause pay checks to spread between $24,415 on the low end and $61,641 on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Production Technicians. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Production Technician Salary (?
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$29,330 - $65,164
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65K
MEDIAN: $41,272
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Production Technician Salary (?
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$10.69 - $24.92
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,330 - $65,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,942  
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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$24,415 - $61,641  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.69 - $24.92  
   
Overtime
$15.53 - $36.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,942  
   
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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$24,415 - $61,641  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Production Technicians. At the upper end, those who move into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role can bring in an extra $12,958 per year. A Production Technician may also move into a role as a Production Supervisor or a Maintenance Technician.

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Popular Skills for Production Technician

Survey takers who work as Production Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Safety Compliance and Electronic Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Production Technicians, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $35K climbs to $39K. Compensation is $44K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Production Technicians pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $47K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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Experience Affects Production Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Production Technician Salaries

Training
0%
National Average
$37,000
Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 15%
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