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Average Production Operator Hourly Pay

$16.55
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,204
Bonus
$50
Commission
$1,452
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Production Operator is $16.55.
10%
$11.98
MEDIAN
$16.55
90%
$24.72
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $25
Bonus
$223 - $5,733
Profit Sharing
$239 - $5,980
Commission
$0 - $50
Total Pay
$25,639 - $59,466
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What Do Production Operators Do?

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
(1,361)
Highly Satisfied
142Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Production Operator are from the companies Pfizer, Inc., 3M Company and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Wood Group where the average pay is $24.20. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include 3M Company and Eli Lilly and Company, earning around $21.97 and $18.13, respectively. Tyson Foods, Inc. pays the lowest at around $13.22. Pfizer, Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.47 and $17.02, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Production Operators?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Production Operators?

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 $14.49 based on 247 salaries. An early career Production Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.59 based on 2,676 salaries. A mid-career Production Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.71 based on 1,238 salaries. An experienced Production Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.58 based on 987 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 14.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (7.1% more) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (4.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Buffalo, New York (13.2% less) and Indianapolis, Indiana (0.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,719 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.3%
Early Career
46.8%
Mid Career
21.6%
Experienced
17.3%
Late Career
10.0%