Production Worker Salary

Production Workers in the United States take home approximately $12.51 per hour on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Production Workers can bottom out near $20K or peak near $46K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The majority of Production Workers (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,672 - $68,426
$24K
$39K
$68K
MEDIAN: $39,102
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$9.28 - $18.59
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MEDIAN: $12.51
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$0$68K
Salary $23,672 - $68,426
Bonus $101.74 - $5,833
Profit Sharing $9.83 - $7,861
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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$20,025 - $46,050
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 96
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $9.28 - $18.59
Hourly Tips $1.11
Overtime $13.25 - $28.79
Annual Data $0$46K
Bonus $101.74 - $5,833
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $9.83 - $7,861
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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$20,025 - $46,050
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,782

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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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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 $63K per year. 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 $22K higher on average, and it's $22K higher for Manufacturing Production Supervisors.

Production Worker Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Production Worker


Tyson Foods, Inc., Smithfield Foods Incorporated, General Motors Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Savers are all popular places to work. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation offers the most; Production Workers earn $43K on average there.

Popular Skills for Production Worker


Production Workers report using 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 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Food Preparation, forklift, and Precision Measurement. Most people familiar with 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: $28,725

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

Home to some of the best pay for Production Workers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Louisville (+22 percent), Evansville (+17 percent), Toledo (+16 percent), and Columbus (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Workers in Fort Wayne and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

Production Worker Reviews

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

Production Worker in Troy:
Pros: Being first shift.
Cons: Fellow employees.

Production Worker in Spokane:
"Worst experience of my life!"
Pros: I can't think of anything good about that place.
Cons: Too many safety & health hazards. Way too much noise. They did not clean the equipment. The roof leaked everywhere. Plus the employees were blind besides. Cords were on the floor not properly taped to the floor or to the wall or to a support pole. I have epilepsy and had to take short time outs every now and then, but they got rid of the area that I was allowed to do that in. I was not provided a safe place to go to when they happened. The list goes on and on and on. Management & human resources was a joke.

Production Worker in Ocala:
Pros: Relatively easy to learn and do.
Cons: Unrealistic expectation low pay long hours.

Production Worker in Accident:
Pros: The people I work with everyday.
Cons: Unrealistic timelines and supervisor.

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.

Production Worker in Cleveland:
"Awesome."
Pros: People, staying busy, overtime.
Cons: Not enough work.

Production Worker in Houston:
"Good I work hard and they see that."
Pros: Its a good envionment.
Cons: The pay.

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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 285 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries

▲18%

▲18%

▲9%

National Average
$29,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries

Production Support
▲8%

Shipping
▲8%




Production
▲1%

National Average
$29,000

▼1%

▼3%

Precision Measurement
▼4%

forklift
▼11%

Food Preparation
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 26%
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