Production Worker Salary

The average Production Worker in the United States earns approximately $12.35 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Production Workers can bottom out near $20K or peak near $46K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. More than half of Production Workers (64 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,553 - $73,856
$26K
$39K
$74K
MEDIAN: $39,327
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$9.17 - $18.53
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MEDIAN: $12.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,553 - $73,856  
   
Bonus
$101.74 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$39.73 - $8,170  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$19,770 - $45,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $18.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.29  
Overtime
$13.21 - $28.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$101.74 - $5,087  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$39.73 - $8,170  
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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$19,770 - $45,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,786

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Manufacturing Production Manager. The average Manufacturing Production Manager brings home $63K per year. Typical career progression for a Production Worker involves becoming a Production Supervisor or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor, roles that pay $22K more and $22K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Worker


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Production Workers include Tyson Foods, Inc., Smithfield Foods Incorporated, General Motors Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Savers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation offers the most; Production Workers earn $43K on average there.

Popular Skills for Production Worker


Production Workers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Production Support, Shipping, Machine Operation, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Food Preparation, forklift, and Precision Measurement. For most people, competency in Assembler indicates knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Worker

Pay by Experience for a Production Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 1,228 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 371 salaries. An experienced Production Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 323 salaries. A Production Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 138 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,490

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

For Production Workers, New York provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Production Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Louisville (+23 percent), Evansville (+18 percent), Toledo (+17 percent), and Columbus (+13 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Fort Wayne and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 11 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
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Production Worker Salaries

▲19%

▲19%

▲10%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Production Worker Salaries

Production Support
▲9%

Shipping
▲9%




Production
▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$28,000

▼3%

Precision Measurement
▼4%

forklift
▼11%

Food Preparation
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 27%
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