Production Worker Salary

Production Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.99 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.69 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.00 on the higher side. Cash earnings for Production Workers — including $2K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $19K to $43K depending on individual performance. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Male Production Workers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. Though the majority of Production Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. While one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,929 - $58,532
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $36,064
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$8.69 - $18.00
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,929 - $58,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,800  
Profit Sharing
$100.45 - $6,821  
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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$18,518 - $43,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $18.00  
   
Overtime
$12.35 - $27.84  
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 - $1,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.45 - $6,821  
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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$18,518 - $43,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,415
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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 who go on to become Manufacturing Production Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Manufacturing Production Managers is $62K annually. Production Workers typically move into roles as Production Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Supervisors, and those positions pay $23K more and $23K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Worker


Survey takers who work as 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Packaging and Assembler. For most people, competency in Assembler indicates knowledge of 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. Production Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. 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 Production Workers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Production Workers will also find cushy salaries in Evansville (+24 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+21 percent), and Louisville (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Fort Wayne. Atlanta and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%
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