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Production Worker Salary

Production Workers in the United States take home approximately $11.98 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $8.69 per hour and $18.07. Overall cash earnings for Production Workers stretch from $19K on the lower end to $43K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. Male Production Workers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. While one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,422 - $58,958
(Median)
$19K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,274
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$8.69 - $18.07
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,422 - $58,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,741  
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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$18,505 - $43,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate 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$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $18.07  
   
Overtime
$12.38 - $27.79  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,741  
   
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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$18,505 - $43,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,375

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Manufacturing Production Manager, where median compensation is $62K annually. Production Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Supervisors are common next-step roles for Production Workers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Production Supervisors is $23K higher on average, and it's $23K higher for Manufacturing Production Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Production Worker


Production Workers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Assembler, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Packaging and Assembler. Most people who know Assembler also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Worker

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $33K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Workers, Evansville provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+21 percent), Louisville (+19 percent), and Indianapolis (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Fort Wayne is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Atlanta (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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 260 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 27%
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