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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 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Production Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,720
25th Percentile Wage
$24,920
50th Percentile Wage
$33,130
75th Percentile Wage
$45,360
90th Percentile Wage
$60,300

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 $60,300. The median annual salary is $33,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,720.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of production occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201633,1302.66%6.67%
201532,2501.64%-
201431,7201.48%-
201331,2501.06%-
201230,920--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Production Occupations (2016 Survey)

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 $21,300 to $91,170. The highest paid production occupations are nuclear power reactor operators with a median annual salary of $91,170. The lowest paid production occupations in the United States are pressers, textile, garment, and related materials with a median annual salary of $21,300. For more salary information about a specific production profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$91,170
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$81,900
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
$78,370
Power Plant Operators
$74,690
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$59,400
Plant and System Operators
$58,100
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
$57,780
Tool and Die Makers
$51,060
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
$50,580
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
$50,050
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
$48,550
Model Makers and Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
$46,600
Wood Patternmakers
$46,510
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
$45,820
Wood Model Makers and Patternmakers
$44,320
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
$44,210
Machinists
$41,700
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
$41,210
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
$41,040
Wood Model Makers
$40,890
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$40,680
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$39,840
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
$39,650
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
$39,390
Computer Control Programmers and Operators
$39,290
Metal Furnace Operators, Tenders, Pourers, and Casters
$39,220
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers
$39,110
Prepress Technicians and Workers
$38,930
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$38,480
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
$37,880
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
$37,730
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
$37,560
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$37,180
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters
$37,040
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$36,980
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$36,930
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
$36,650
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$36,410
Pourers and Casters, Metal
$36,180
Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$35,830
Printing Press Operators
$35,530
Printing Workers
$35,120
Foundry Mold and Coremakers
$34,790
Miscellaneous Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
$34,740
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$34,340
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers
$34,240
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
$33,940
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$33,870
Machine Tool Cutting Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$33,620
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
$33,350
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other
$33,280
Upholsterers
$33,050
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
$33,050
Grinding/Lapping/Polishing/Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Pla
$32,890
Miscellaneous Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$32,400
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$32,370
Electrical, Electronics, and Electromechanical Assemblers
$31,730
Print Binding and Finishing Workers
$31,410
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
$31,310
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$31,280
Assemblers and Fabricators
$30,930
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
$30,870
Molders and Molding Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$30,820
Furniture Finishers
$30,550
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$30,480
Woodworkers
$30,210
Team Assemblers
$30,060
Butchers and Meat Cutters
$29,870
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators
$29,840
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
$28,570
Other Assemblers and Fabricators
$28,550
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
$28,510
Other Woodworkers
$28,500
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$28,460
Wood Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$28,380
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
$28,350
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
$28,240
Food Batchmakers
$27,810
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27,500
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27,470
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders
$27,270
Textile Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27,260
Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers
$27,110
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Sewers
$27,080
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
$26,590
Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers
$26,410
Food Processing Workers
$26,280
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders
$26,150
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$26,090
Other Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$25,890
Bakers
$25,090
Shoe and Leather Workers
$24,600
Sewers, Hand
$24,520
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
$24,490
Food Processing Workers, All Other
$24,160
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
$23,940
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
$23,750
Sewing Machine Operators
$23,670
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
$21,510
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
$21,300