Average Machine Operator Hourly Pay

Avg. Base Hourly Rate (USD)

The average hourly pay for a Machine Operator is $16.82

Hourly Rate
$13 - $22
$149 - $4k
Profit Sharing
$15 - $2k
Total Pay
$26k - $48k
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What Do Machine Operators Do?

Machine Operator Tasks
  • Load, position, and arrange materials and operate equipment to create products.
  • Communicate irregularities, problems, and process concerns.
  • Calibrate equipment to produce the correct specification of products.
  • Monitor supplies and inventory, and ensure adequate amount of materials ready at hand.
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How do Machine Operators Rate Their Jobs?

3.5 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
Based on 337 responses, the job of Machine Operator has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.54 out of 5. On average, Machine Operators are highly satisfied with their job.

FAQs About Machine Operators

What is the highest pay for Machine Operators?

Our data indicates that the highest pay for a Machine Operator is $22.40 / hour

What is the lowest pay for Machine Operators?

Our data indicates that the lowest pay for a Machine Operator is $12.59 / hour

How can Machine Operators increase their salary?

Increasing your pay as a Machine Operator is possible in different ways. Change of employer: Consider a career move to a new employer that is willing to pay higher for your skills. Level of Education: Gaining advanced degrees may allow this role to increase their income potential and qualify for promotions. Managing Experience: If you are a Machine Operator that oversees more junior Machine Operators, this experience can increase the likelihood to earn more.