Average Mid-Career Production Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Mid-Career Production Operator is $17.32.
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $26
$300 - $7,397
Profit Sharing
$296 - $5,142
Total Pay
$27,157 - $65,078

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Production Operator

The top respondents for the job title Production Operator are from the companies TTM Technologies, Inc., 3M Company and BASF Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at 3M Company where the average pay is $23.97. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include BASF Corporation, earning around $17.84. TTM Technologies, Inc. pays the lowest at around $12.29. Eli Lilly and Company also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.12.

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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. An experienced Production Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.32 based on 1,125 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 Midland, Texas earn an average of 19.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (13.3% more) and Houston, Texas (6.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Indianapolis, Indiana (0.9% less).

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