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Production Technician Salary

Earnings for Production Technicians in the United States come in at around $16.26 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Production Technicians varies from around $24K to approximately $60K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $2K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Production Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,889 - $61,783
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,968
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$10.43 - $24.63
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$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$28,889 - $61,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,941  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,750  
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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$23,858 - $60,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.43 - $24.63  
   
Overtime
$15.79 - $36.74  
National Annualized 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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,941  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,750  
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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$23,858 - $60,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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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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As Production Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Manufacturing Production Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Manufacturing Production Managers on average earn $62K per year. The most common next step for a Production Technician is to become a Manufacturing Production Supervisor or a Production & Manufacturing Technician. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Troubleshooting. Most people familiar with Safety Compliance also 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $44K.

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Experience Affects Production Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Production Technician Salaries


Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Training
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 15%