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Production Worker Salary

Production Workers in the United States take home an average $11.99 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.68 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $17.93. Total cash compensation for Production Workers runs from $19K to $43K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. There are more male Production Workers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,549 - $56,119
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $33,985
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$8.68 - $17.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,549 - $56,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,752  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $6,153  
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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$18,547 - $42,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $17.93  
   
Overtime
$12.38 - $27.51  
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 - $1,752  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $6,153  
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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$18,547 - $42,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,302
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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 $62K per year. It is quite typical for Production Workers to transition into roles as Production Supervisor, Manufacturings or Production Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $23K and $22K higher per year.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Production Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $29K. For Production Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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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 241 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
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%