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Salary of Production Occupations

The average annual salary of production occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all production occupations in the United States. The production occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Production Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$57,930
75th Percentile Wage
$43,320
50th Percentile Wage
$31,720
25th Percentile Wage
$23,630
10th Percentile Wage
$19,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for production occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) production occupations is $57,930. The median annual salary is $31,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,180.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Production Occupations

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all production occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among production professions and range from $20,150 to $82,500. The highest paid production occupations are nuclear power reactor operators with a median annual salary of $82,500. The lowest paid production occupations in the United States are pressers, textile, garment, and related materials with a median annual salary of $20,150. For more salary information about a specific production profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$82,500
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$78,240
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
$72,910
Power Plant Operators
$70,070
Gas Plant Operators
$64,100
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$62,830
Miscellaneous Plant and System Operators
$59,620
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$56,330
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$55,900
Plant and System Operators
$55,870
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
$55,520
Other Plant and System Operators
$55,230
Tool and Die Makers
$48,890
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
$48,340
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
$48,090
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
$47,500
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
$46,180
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
$45,020
Model Makers and Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
$44,190
Chemical Processing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$44,140
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$44,100
Tire Builders
$42,540
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
$41,390
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
$41,310
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
$41,140
Painters, Transportation Equipment
$40,770
Machinists
$39,980
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$39,900
Metal Furnace Operators, Tenders, Pourers, and Casters
$38,740
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators
$38,590
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
$38,310
Wood Patternmakers
$37,980
Computer Control Programmers and Operators
$37,740
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
$37,420
Prepress Technicians and Workers
$37,200
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers
$37,120
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$37,100
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
$36,870
Dental Laboratory Technicians
$36,830
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
$36,570
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
$36,440
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$36,260
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
$36,120
Medical Appliance Technicians
$35,580
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
$35,420
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
$35,330
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$35,320
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$35,260
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$35,180
Printing Press Operators
$35,100
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
$34,900
Semiconductor Processors
$34,680
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$34,500
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$34,340
Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$34,320
Printing Workers
$34,250
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$34,140
Miscellaneous Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
$33,800
Painting Workers
$33,740
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$33,710
Wood Model Makers and Patternmakers
$33,710
Medical, Dental, and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
$33,430
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$33,070
Crushing, Grinding, Polishing, Mixing, and Blending Workers
$33,040
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
$32,980
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers
$32,970
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
$32,760
Grinding/Lapping/Polishing/Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Pla
$32,660
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$32,610
Pourers and Casters, Metal
$32,410
Machine Tool Cutting Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$32,360
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other
$32,130
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$32,100
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$32,040
Upholsterers
$31,890
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
$31,580
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$31,460
Foundry Mold and Coremakers
$31,340
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders
$31,340
Miscellaneous Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$31,100
Wood Model Makers
$30,940
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$30,680
Cutting Workers
$30,650
Electrical, Electronics, and Electromechanical Assemblers
$30,540
Other Production Occupations
$30,290
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$30,210
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters
$30,060
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
$29,910
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
$29,820
Print Binding and Finishing Workers
$29,500
Assemblers and Fabricators
$29,280
Etchers and Engravers
$29,250
Molders and Molding Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$29,020
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
$28,950
Woodworkers
$28,920
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
$28,890
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$28,810
Furniture Finishers
$28,810
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers
$28,750
Butchers and Meat Cutters
$28,660
Team Assemblers
$28,370
Grinding and Polishing Workers
$28,340
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
$28,280
Other Production Workers
$28,260
Other Woodworkers
$28,100
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators
$28,050
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
$27,680
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
$27,590
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
$27,450
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27,300
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27,270
Wood Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27,040
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
$26,910
Food Batchmakers
$26,770
Miscellaneous Production Workers
$26,470
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
$26,460
Other Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$26,460
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
$26,410
Other Assemblers and Fabricators
$26,380
Textile Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$26,280
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$26,250
Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers
$26,230
Cutters and Trimmers
$25,920
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Sewers
$25,610
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$25,590
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
$25,560
Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers
$25,250
Food Processing Workers
$25,060
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders
$24,930
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders
$24,750
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
$24,600
Shoe and Leather Workers
$24,030
Food Processing Workers, All Other
$23,780
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
$23,770
Sewers, Hand
$23,630
Helpers--Production Workers
$23,610
Bakers
$23,600
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
$23,350
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$22,590
Sewing Machine Operators
$21,920
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
$20,320
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
$20,150