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General Machine Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$25,000
$21,000
$25,000
$31,000
Did you know that the average general machine operator makes $25,844 per year? That's valued at $12.43 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $21,000 and $31,000, meaning general machine operators have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most general machine operators find a job with professional and utilities companies, while others work for telecommunication, automotive, and manufacturing companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Alaska, Washington and Idaho are the top states in the U.S. to pay general machine operators the highest salaries.
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Map of General Machine Operator Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where General Machine Operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average General Machine Operator Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a general machine operator is roughly $25,844 per year, which boils down to $12.43 per hour. Interestingly enough, general machine operators have the highest salaries in Chicago, IL at about $27,259 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Chicago, IL is $22,000. Additionally, general machine operators make more than the average salary in Muskegon, MI, Cleveland, OH, Davenport, IA, Watertown, NY, and Riverside, CA. On a more broad level, general machine operator salaries are highest in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, Vermont, and Oregon. On the contrary, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Alabama offer the lowest general machine operator salaries.

City
Average Salary
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$27,259
$27k
Muskegon, MI
Muskegon, MI
$26,879
$27k
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland, OH
$26,246
$26k
Davenport, IA
Davenport, IA
$25,815
$26k
Watertown, NY
Watertown, NY
$25,676
$26k
Riverside, CA
Riverside, CA
$25,675
$26k
New Albany, IN
New Albany, IN
$25,009
$25k
Grand Prairie, TX
Grand Prairie, TX
$23,064
$23k
Knoxville, TN
Knoxville, TN
$22,913
$23k

High Paying General Machine Operator Jobs

Average General Machine Operator Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Chemtrusion and OSI Group as they offer the highest salaries for general machine operators.

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General Machine Operator Salary History

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    Average General Machine Operator Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, general machine operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that telecommunication, automotive, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for general machine operators. For example, general machine operators make a whopping average salary of $28,877 while working for telecommunication companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $26,730 at automotive companies and $26,534 at manufacturing companies. But general machine operators may want to avoid working in the professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $23,512.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Telecommunication
    Telecommunication
    $28,877
    $29k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $26,730
    $27k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $26,534
    $27k
    Construction
    Construction
    $25,889
    $26k
    Retail
    Retail
    $25,257
    $25k
    Professional
    Professional
    $23,512
    $24k

    General Machine Operator Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a general machine operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added General Machine Operator Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    General Laborer/Machine Operator
    General Laborer/Machine Operator
    New Baltimore, MI
    New Baltimore, MI
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    10/29/2020
    General Production and Machine Operator Openings
    General Production and Machine Operator Openings
    Rice, MN
    Rice, MN
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/28/2020
    General Production/Machine Operator
    General Production/Machine Operator
    South Bend, IN
    South Bend, IN
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $29,218
    $29,218
    10/26/2020
    Luttrell Staffing Group
    Luttrell Staffing Group
    Production | Machine Operator | General Labor
    Production | Machine Operator | General Labor
    Production | Machine Operator | General Labor
    Bristol, TN
    Bristol, TN
    10/15/2020
    10/15/2020
    $24,001
    $24,001
    10/15/2020
    Machine Operator-General Labor
    Machine Operator-General Labor
    Lenexa, KS
    Lenexa, KS
    10/13/2020
    10/13/2020
    $35,479
    $35,479
    10/13/2020
    General Machine Operator
    General Machine Operator
    Ashland, OH
    Ashland, OH
    10/03/2020
    10/03/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    10/03/2020
    Machine Operator/General Labor (1ST Shift)
    Machine Operator/General Labor (1ST Shift)
    Lincolnton, NC
    Lincolnton, NC
    09/26/2020
    09/26/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    09/26/2020
    Machine Operator/General Labor
    Machine Operator/General Labor
    Franklin, OH
    Franklin, OH
    09/25/2020
    09/25/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    09/25/2020
    Machine Operator/General Labor
    Machine Operator/General Labor
    Addison, TX
    Addison, TX
    09/23/2020
    09/23/2020
    $30,908
    $30,908
    09/23/2020
    Select Staff
    Select Staff
    Machine Operator-General
    Machine Operator-General
    Machine Operator-General
    Nome, TX
    Nome, TX
    09/21/2020
    09/21/2020
    $27,131
    $27,131
    09/21/2020