Average Experienced Production Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Experienced Production Operator is $18.32.
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $26
$295 - $6,255
Profit Sharing
$345 - $5,166
Total Pay
$28,698 - $69,794

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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.

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Popular Skills for Production Operator

Skills in Troubleshooting and Equipment Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Assembler, Quality Assurance / Quality Control 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 266 salaries. An early career Production Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.14 based on 3,028 salaries. A mid-career Production Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.32 based on 1,333 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 20.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (11.8% more) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (6.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (12.4% less), Los Angeles, California (11.8% less) and Cleveland, Ohio (4.5% less).

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