Production Worker Salary

Production Workers in the United States take home an average $11.96 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.67 per hour to $17.97. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. More than half of Production Workers (67 percent) survey respondents are men. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,814 - $58,509

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$8.67 - $17.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,814 - $58,509  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,657  
Profit Sharing
$100.22 - $6,082  
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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$18,482 - $42,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $17.97  
   
Overtime
$12.33 - $27.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,657  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.22 - $6,082  
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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$18,482 - $42,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,451
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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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Production Workers who transition into a Manufacturing Production Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. Typical career progression for a Production Worker involves becoming a Production Supervisor or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor, roles that pay $23K more and $23K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Production Worker


Production Workers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Assembler, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Packaging and Assembler. Most people skilled in Assembler are similarly competent 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $33K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Pittsburgh offers some of the highest pay in the country for Production Workers, 38 percent above the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Evansville (+24 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. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Atlanta and 6 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$27,000


Packaging
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 258 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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