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Machine Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$27,000
$21,000
$27,000
$35,000
The average machine operator makes about $27,695 per year. That's $13.31 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $21,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $35,000. Many of machine operators seem to be drawn to professional and manufacturing companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case machine operators tend to work at manufacturing, automotive, and retail companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Kentucky, Wyoming and Wisconsin pay machine operators the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Chaska, MN
$30,363
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Map of Machine Operator Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Machine Operator Salary By Location

While a machine operator can average a salary of $27,695 per year, or $13.31 per hour, there are many opportunities for machine operators to make more. For example, in Chaska, MN you might make $30,363 per year. Other high-paying locations include Milwaukee, WI, Allentown, PA and Kansas City, KS. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Chaska, MN where the average starting salary is $23,000. The highest paying states for machine operators include Kentucky, Wyoming and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Chaska, MN
Chaska, MN
$30,363
$30k
Allentown, PA
Allentown, PA
$30,229
$30k
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, KS
$30,079
$30k
Auburn, WA
Auburn, WA
$29,944
$30k
Manchester, CT
Manchester, CT
$29,168
$29k
Portland, ME
Portland, ME
$28,978
$29k
Manchester, NH
Manchester, NH
$28,727
$29k

High Paying Machine Operator Jobs

Average 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 Unilever and Sonoco as they offer the highest salaries for machine operators.

Company
Average Salary
$34,790
$35k
$34,764
$35k
$34,653
$35k
$34,607
$35k
$34,570
$35k

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Machine Operator Salary History

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    Average Machine Operator Pay By Industry

    The salary for a machine operator can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for machine operators tend to be found in manufacturing, automotive, and retail companies. In fact, machine operators can make a yearly salary of $28,262 while working for manufacturing companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $28,262
    $28k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $28,029
    $28k
    Retail
    Retail
    $27,497
    $27k
    Technology
    Technology
    $25,744
    $26k
    Professional
    Professional
    $25,097
    $25k

    Machine Operator Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a 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 Machine Operator Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Traditional Medicinals
    Traditional Medicinals
    Machine Operator (3RD Shift
    Machine Operator (3RD Shift
    Machine Operator (3RD Shift
    Sebastopol, CA
    Sebastopol, CA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/31/2020
    Machine Operator
    Machine Operator
    Solon, OH
    Solon, OH
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $36,063
    $36,063
    10/31/2020
    Machine Operator-2Nd Shift
    Machine Operator-2Nd Shift
    Holdrege, NE
    Holdrege, NE
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $36,543
    $36,543
    10/31/2020
    Machine Operator Bonus
    Machine Operator Bonus
    Sidney, OH
    Sidney, OH
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $30,262
    $30,262
    10/31/2020
    Food Producer
    Food Producer
    Machine Operator
    Machine Operator
    Machine Operator
    Hillsboro, OR
    Hillsboro, OR
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $27,653
    $27,653
    10/31/2020
    Machine Operator I
    Machine Operator I
    Windsor, CO
    Windsor, CO
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $33,392
    $33,392
    10/31/2020
    Refresco
    Refresco
    Machine Operator
    Machine Operator
    Machine Operator
    Springville, UT
    Springville, UT
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/31/2020
    Manufacturing Machine Operator
    Manufacturing Machine Operator
    Fort Mill, SC
    Fort Mill, SC
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $28,175
    $28,175
    10/31/2020
    Hirelevel
    Hirelevel
    Machine Operator
    Machine Operator
    Machine Operator
    Ellisville, MO
    Ellisville, MO
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $28,279
    $28,279
    10/30/2020
    Phenix Label
    Phenix Label
    Machine Operator-Production/2Nd Shift (3PM-11Pm)
    Machine Operator-Production/2Nd Shift (3PM-11Pm)
    Machine Operator-Production/2Nd Shift (3PM-11Pm)
    Olathe, KS
    Olathe, KS
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/30/2020