Production Worker Salary

Median pay for Production Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.02 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.70 per hour and $18.06. Total cash compensation to Production Workers approaches anywhere from $19K on the lower end to $43K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Male Production Workers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,623 - $56,119
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,778
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$8.70 - $18.06
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,623 - $56,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,780  
Profit Sharing
$99.78 - $6,128  
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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$18,535 - $43,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $18.06  
   
Overtime
$12.35 - $27.83  
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 - $1,780  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.78 - $6,128  
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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$18,535 - $43,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,348

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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. Career advancement for the typical Production Worker often leads to becoming a Production Supervisor or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $23K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Worker


Production Workers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Assembler, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Packaging and Assembler. Those proficient in Assembler are, more often than not, 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.


Production Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Production Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. 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


For Production Workers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+21 percent), Louisville (+21 percent), Indianapolis (+16 percent), and Columbus (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Fort Wayne, 14 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 6 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Dallas and Atlanta.

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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 256 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
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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