Production Worker Salary

Production Workers in the United States can expect wages of $12.25 per hour on average. Total cash compensation for Production Workers runs from $19K to $45K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Male Production Workers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,449 - $72,818
$24K
$39K
$73K
MEDIAN: $39,443
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$9.08 - $18.59
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MEDIAN: $12.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,449 - $72,818  
   
Bonus
$97.59 - $5,120  
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $8,139  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$19,348 - $45,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.08 - $18.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.29  
Overtime
$13.19 - $28.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$97.59 - $5,120  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $8,139  
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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$19,348 - $45,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,713

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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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Production Workers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Manufacturing Production Manager. The latter position pays an average of $62K annually. Production Workers most often move into positions as Production Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $23K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Worker


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Production Workers include Tyson Foods, Inc., General Motors Corporation, Smithfield Foods Incorporated, General Electric Co (GE), and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Those at Georgia-Pacific Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $43K.

Popular Skills for Production Worker


Survey results imply that Production Workers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Production Support, Team Leadership, Shipping, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Food Preparation, forklift, and Packaging. 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. Production Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. 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 $36K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,095

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Production Workers, 41 percent higher than the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Louisville (+24 percent), Detroit (+21 percent), Evansville (+20 percent), and Toledo (+18 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fort Wayne and Atlanta (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Production Worker Reviews

Q: 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
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 235 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries

▲27%

▲21%

▲11%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries

Team Leadership
▲9%

Production Support
▲9%

Shipping
▲8%


Production
▲4%


▲1%

National Average
$28,000

Precision Measurement
▼2%

▼3%

forklift
▼9%

Food Preparation
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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