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Production Worker Salary

Average Production Workers in the United States make around $11.98 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.67 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.04 on the higher side. In the world of Production Workers, overall income ranges from $18K near the bottom to $43K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. The majority of Production Workers (68 percent) survey respondents are male. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Though the majority of Production Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,503 - $57,162
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$57K
MEDIAN: $35,274
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$8.67 - $18.04
(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
$19,503 - $57,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,790  
Profit Sharing
$100.45 - $6,061  
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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$18,478 - $43,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $18.04  
   
Overtime
$12.34 - $27.78  
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 - $1,790  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.45 - $6,061  
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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$18,478 - $43,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,389
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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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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. It is quite typical for Production Workers to transition into roles as Production Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $23K and $23K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Worker


Production Workers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Assembler, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Packaging and Assembler. Those familiar with Assembler also tend to 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Production Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $30K. Production Workers see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 those looking to make money, Production Workers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Evansville (+24 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+21 percent), and Louisville (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Fort Wayne. Workers in Atlanta and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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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 259 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
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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