Production Worker Salary

An average Production Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.30 per hour. In the world of Production Workers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $19K and $45K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The majority of Production Workers (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,987 - $74,463
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$40K
$74K
MEDIAN: $39,826
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$9.11 - $18.54
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MEDIAN: $12.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,987 - $74,463  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $5,781  
Profit Sharing
$39.73 - $8,170  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$19,445 - $45,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $18.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.29  
Overtime
$13.18 - $28.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$99.33 - $5,781  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$39.73 - $8,170  
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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$19,445 - $45,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,687

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Job Description for Production Worker

A production worker describes a worker in a factory, manufacturing, or production setting; these individuals are part of a team of workers responsible for mass production of a specific product. Production workers can perform a variety of tasks, which can include operating machines, assembling equipment or materials, conducting inspections, and conducting quality control. The work is mostly physical and can involve standing for long hours conducting repetitive tasks. They usually work indoors, but factories may become hot, so production workers should be able to withstand those conditions. Production workers should be comfortable with heavy lifting and wearing specific safety items, such as steel-toed boots and hard hats. They must be able to work well under a supervisor and should be prepared to communicate effectively with coworkers to ensure effective production. Production workers may work a variety of shifts, including day, evening, and overnight work. They may be asked to work overtime and weekends as well. They rarely travel, though they may travel occasionally for training purposes. Workers must be able to work quickly, provide quality work, and be reliable. In addition, productions workers should also be familiar with all manufacturing and assembly safety procedures and comply with them at all times.

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Production Worker Tasks

  • Load raw materials onto production lines.
  • Inspect finished products for defects.
  • Perform assembly and sub-assembly operations.
  • Operate hand held equipment.
  • Use pallet jacks to transport raw materials.

Common Career Paths for Production Worker


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For Production Workers, progressing to a Manufacturing Production Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Manufacturing Production Manager can earn $63K annually. Production Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Production Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $22K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Worker


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Production Workers include Tyson Foods, Inc., Smithfield Foods Incorporated, General Motors Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Savers. Georgia-Pacific Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $43K on average.

Popular Skills for Production Worker


Survey results imply that Production Workers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Production Support, Shipping, Machine Operation, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Food Preparation, forklift, and Precision Measurement. The majority of those who know Assembler also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Worker

Pay by Experience for a Production Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 1,228 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 371 salaries. An experienced Production Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 323 salaries. A Production Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 138 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,376

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Production Workers, 39 percent above the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Louisville (+23 percent), Evansville (+19 percent), Toledo (+17 percent), and Columbus (+14 percent). In Austin, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Fort Wayne and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Production Worker Reviews

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

Production Worker in Colton:
"Soil sorter."
Pros: It doesn't take brains to do this job. It's pretty simple work once you get the hang of it.
Cons: Can be very stressful at times. And you will experience frustration due to temperatures of extreme heat and exuaustion. You will also experience extreme soreness all over your body.

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Key Stats for Production Worker

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries

▲19%

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries

Production Support
▲10%

Shipping
▲9%




Production
▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$28,000

▼2%

Precision Measurement
▼3%

forklift
▼10%

Food Preparation
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 26%