Average Production Operator with Machine Operation Skills Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Production Operator with Machine Operation skills is $15.99.
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $23
$210 - $4,186
Profit Sharing
$251 - $5,817
$0 - $50
Total Pay
$25,148 - $55,606

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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 Georgia-Pacific Corporation, 3M Company and Pfizer, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at International Paper Co where the average pay is $22.08. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include 3M Company and Pfizer, Inc., earning around $21.25 and $18.43, respectively. Quad/Graphics Inc pays the lowest at around $16.93. Georgia-Pacific Corporation and BASF Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.00 and $17.60, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Operator

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

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 115 salaries. An early career Production Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.99 based on 1,798 salaries. A mid-career Production Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.97 based on 803 salaries. An experienced Production Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.99 based on 677 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $19.
Employees with Production Operator in their job title in Minneapolis, Minnesota earn an average of 13.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (11.9% more) and Portland, Oregon (3.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cleveland, Ohio (10.8% less) and Buffalo, New York (9.2% less).

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