Average Production Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Production Operator is $16.17.
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $24
$247 - $5,491
Profit Sharing
$252 - $5,463
$0 - $2,459
Total Pay
$25,025 - $60,815

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Job Description for Production Operator

Production Operator Tasks
  • Simultaneously operate multiple pieces of equipment to produce products efficiently.
  • Monitor gauges or other indicators to assess progress, production, and maintenance needs.
  • Inspect and quality check products, and verify accuracy.
  • Interpret specifications and calibrate machines to reach goals.

Job Satisfaction for Production Operator

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Production Operator are from the companies Pfizer, Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corporation and 3M Company. Reported salaries are highest at Wood Group where the average pay is $21.85. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include 3M Company and Eli Lilly and Company, earning around $21.59 and $17.93, respectively. Tyson Foods, Inc. pays the lowest at around $13.14. Pfizer, Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.39 and $17.19, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Operator

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

Pay by Experience Level for Production Operator

An entry-level Production Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.82 based on 262 salaries. An early career Production Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.14 based on 2,993 salaries. A mid-career Production Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.32 based on 1,316 salaries. An experienced Production Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.32 based on 1,108 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Employees with Production Operator in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 20.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (12.0% more) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (10.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Detroit, Michigan (3.4% less) and Dallas, Texas (0.2% less).

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