Production Worker Salary

The average Production Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.11 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.76 per hour on the low end to $18.25 on the high end. Final cash compensation to Production Workers varies from around $19K to approximately $43K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $7K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Male Production Workers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$21,279 - $60,391
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$21K
$37K
$60K
MEDIAN: $36,590
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$8.76 - $18.25
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,279 - $60,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,370  
Profit Sharing
$75.00 - $6,500  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$18,704 - $43,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $18.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26  
Overtime
$12.55 - $27.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,370  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$75.00 - $6,500  
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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$18,704 - $43,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,722
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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 transition into a Manufacturing Production Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. A common career progression for a Production Worker is to become a Production Supervisor or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor. Compared to Production Workers, the first group earns $23K more on average, and the second group earns $23K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Worker


Dominating the field, Tyson Foods, Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Smithfield Foods Incorporated, General Motors Corporation, and General Electric Co (GE) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Production Workers. Production Workers flock to General Electric Co (GE) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Production Worker


Survey results suggest that Production Workers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Production Support, Precision Measurement, Machine Operation, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Packaging and Assembler. The majority of those who know Assembler also 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.


For many Production Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Workers make a median salary of $33K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,227

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Production Workers, 45 percent higher than the national average. Production Workers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+34 percent), Louisville (+28 percent), Portland (+20 percent), and Pittsburgh (+15 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Houston and Fort Wayne are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 10 percent less than the median.

Production Worker Reviews

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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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries

Production Support
up arrow 12%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 10%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$27,000

Assembler
up arrow 4%

Packaging
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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