Average Early-Career Production Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Production Operator is $15.15.
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $22
$201 - $4,159
Profit Sharing
$224 - $7,500
$0 - $2,400
Total Pay
$24,153 - $53,296

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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.
The top respondents for the job title Production Operator are from the companies Tyson Foods, Inc., Pfizer, Inc. and 3M Company. Reported salaries are highest at 3M Company where the average pay is $21.59. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include BASF Corporation and Henkel Corporation, earning around $17.89 and $17.27, respectively. Tyson Foods, Inc. pays the lowest at around $12.81. Abbott Laboratories and Georgia-Pacific Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $15.76 and $16.42, 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 $13.84 based on 267 salaries. A mid-career Production Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.32 based on 1,334 salaries. An experienced Production Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.32 based on 1,127 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 18.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (12.2% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (11.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Buffalo, New York (7.6% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (3.4% less).

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