Average Machine Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Machine Operator is $15.03.
MEDIAN $15.03
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $21
$125 - $3,447
Profit Sharing
$3 - $4,085
Total Pay
$23,312 - $47,538

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Job Description for Machine Operator

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.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Machine Operator. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Machine Operator
Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
Packaging or Filling Machine Operator / ...
Production Operator
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Machine Operator

Skills in Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Troubleshooting and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Packaging.

Pay by Experience Level for Machine Operator

An entry-level Machine Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.22 based on 17 salaries. An early career Machine Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.22 based on 301 salaries. A mid-career Machine Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.51 based on 142 salaries. An experienced Machine Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.95 based on 135 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $18.
Employees with Machine Operator in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 36.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Cincinnati, Ohio (29.7% more) and Houston, Texas (6.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cleveland, Ohio (6.7% less) and Indianapolis, Indiana (5.3% less).

Years of Experience

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