The average hourly pay for a Machine Operator is $15.03.
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Job Description for Machine Operator
Machine operators operate different types of machinery, which they are required to be knowledgeable about. Most of the time, a machine operator will work on a specific type of machinery. However, their work may vary a lot. For example, supervisors at a plant may have operates work on different machines throughout a shift to prevent monotony and to keep workers motivated. A machine operator may work with heavy machinery all the way from setup to operation. A machine operator may also work with …Read more
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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Popular Skills for Machine Operator
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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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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).
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