Production Worker Salary

Average Production Workers in the United States make around $11.95 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.67 per hour, and the top verges on $17.96. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Production Workers can bottom out near $18K or peak near $43K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Nearly one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. More than half of Production Workers (67 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,968 - $59,341
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $36,194
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$8.67 - $17.96
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,968 - $59,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,798  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $6,787  
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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$18,469 - $43,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $17.96  
   
Overtime
$12.36 - $27.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,798  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $6,787  
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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$18,469 - $43,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,432
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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

  • Work in a company’s production process requiring either manual labor or through hand operated equipment.

Common Career Paths for Production Worker


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As Production Workers transition into upper-level roles such as Manufacturing Production Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Manufacturing Production Managers earn $62K on average per year. It is quite typical for Production Workers to transition into roles as Production Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $23K and $23K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Worker


Production Workers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Assembler, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Packaging and Assembler. Those educated in Assembler tend to be well versed in Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Worker

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


Production Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $30K. Production Workers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Production Workers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $33K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Production Workers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Production Workers will also find cushy salaries in Evansville (+25 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+21 percent), and Louisville (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Fort Wayne is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (7 percent less) and Dallas (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries


National Average
$27,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Packaging
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%
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