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Salary of Production Occupations

The average annual salary of production occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across all production occupations in the United States. The production occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Production Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,360
25th Percentile Wage
$25,720
50th Percentile Wage
$33,990
75th Percentile Wage
$46,290
90th Percentile Wage
$61,280

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 $61,280. The median annual salary is $33,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,360.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of production occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$33,990
2.53% 9.03%
2016
$33,130
2.66% -
2015
$32,250
1.64% -
2014
$31,720
1.48% -
2013
$31,250
1.06% -
2012
$30,920
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Production Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Production Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among production professions, ranging from $24,460 to $93,370. The highest-paid production occupations are nuclear power reactor operators with a median annual salary of $93,370. The lowest-paid production occupations in the United States are food processing workers, all other with a median annual salary of $24,460. For more salary information about a specific production profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$93,370
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$82,510
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
$80,440
Power Plant Operators
$77,180
Gas Plant Operators
$69,030
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$67,770
Miscellaneous Plant and System Operators
$64,560
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$62,170
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$59,890
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
$58,870
Plant and System Operators
$58,350
Other Plant and System Operators
$56,330
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
$53,510
Wood Patternmakers
$52,380
Wood Model Makers and Patternmakers
$51,470
Wood Model Makers
$50,150
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
$47,800
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$46,150
Chemical Processing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$44,110
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
$43,390
Painters, Transportation Equipment
$41,850
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
$40,460
Tire Builders
$40,230
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators
$39,040
Dental Laboratory Technicians
$38,670
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
$38,450
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
$37,960
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$37,890
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
$37,580
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
$37,340
Medical Appliance Technicians
$37,190
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$36,600
Semiconductor Processors
$36,580
Painting Workers
$36,010
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$35,380
Medical, Dental, and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
$35,250
Crushing, Grinding, Polishing, Mixing, and Blending Workers
$35,100
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters
$34,800
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
$33,920
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$33,820
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$33,680
Upholsterers
$33,660
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$33,610
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers
$33,470
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
$33,350
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
$33,310
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders
$32,710
Miscellaneous Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$32,670
Cutting Workers
$32,650
Electrical, Electronics, and Electromechanical Assemblers
$32,570
Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers
$32,530
Other Production Occupations
$32,510
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
$32,290
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
$31,950
Assemblers and Fabricators
$31,850
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
$31,310
Furniture Finishers
$31,300
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
$30,960
Woodworkers
$30,900
Etchers and Engravers
$30,890
Butchers and Meat Cutters
$30,890
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
$30,860
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers
$30,820
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators
$30,720
All other assemblers and fabricators
$30,690
Other Woodworkers
$30,680
Team Assemblers
$30,060
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
$29,950
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
$29,410
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
$29,350
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
$29,110
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$29,100
Wood Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$29,080
Other Production Workers
$28,890
Grinding and Polishing Workers
$28,830
Miscellaneous Production Workers
$28,710
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
$28,600
Other Assemblers and Fabricators
$28,550
Food Batchmakers
$28,500
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
$28,420
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders
$28,280
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$28,270
Cutters and Trimmers
$28,210
Textile Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$28,010
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27,960
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Sewers
$27,920
Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers
$27,630
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
$27,530
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
$27,480
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders
$27,420
Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers
$27,330
Food Processing Workers
$27,040
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$26,890
Other Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$26,670
Sewers, Hand
$26,230
Helpers--Production Workers
$26,070
Bakers
$25,690
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
$25,610
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
$25,250
Food Processing Workers, All Other
$24,460