The average Production Worker in the United States earns approximately $12.22 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Production Workers can bottom out near $19K or peak near $45K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. There are more male Production Workers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,996 - $65,721
$28K
$39K
$66K
MEDIAN: $39,405
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$8.98 - $18.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,996 - $65,721  
   
Bonus
$100.50 - $5,166  
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $8,081  
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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$19,080 - $44,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.98 - $18.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$13.17 - $28.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$100.50 - $5,166  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $8,081  
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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$19,080 - $44,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,641

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Production Worker


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At the upper end, Production Workers who move into a Manufacturing Production Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Manufacturing Production Managers is a much higher $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 Employer Salaries for Production Worker


Tyson Foods, Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Smithfield Foods Incorporated, General Electric Co (GE), and General Motors Corporation are all popular places to work. Those at Georgia-Pacific Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $36K.

Popular Skills for Production Worker


Survey results imply that Production Workers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Shipping, Production Support, Machine Operation, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Food Preparation, Packaging, and Team Leadership. It is often found that people who know Assembler are also skilled 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $26K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $31K. For Production Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Production Workers report making only $33K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,887

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

For those looking to make money, Production Workers in Montgomery enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 83 percent above the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+40 percent), Louisville (+25 percent), Detroit (+22 percent), and Columbus (+20 percent). In Austin, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Fort Wayne (12 percent lower) and Atlanta (7 percent lower).

Production Worker Reviews

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
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 229 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries

Shipping
up arrow 9%

Production Support
up arrow 7%


forklift
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Production
up arrow 1%

Assembler
0%

National Average
$28,000

Precision Measurement
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
up arrow 5%


Food Preparation
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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