Updated August 18, 2021
Average Machine Operator Salary
$13.65 hourly
$28,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$23,000 yearly
$23,000
10 %
$28,000
Median
$34,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$34,000
$2,833
$16
75th Percentile
$31,000
$2,583
$15
Average
$28,400
$2,367
$14
25th Percentile
$25,000
$2,083
$12
10th Percentile
$23,000
$1,917
$11

Average Machine Operator Salary By State

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Machine Operator average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$24,251
$11.66
Alaska
$31,864
$15.32
Arizona
$27,161
$13.06
Arkansas
$24,684
$11.87
California
$30,356
$14.59
Colorado
$29,118
$14.00
Connecticut
$30,034
$14.44
Delaware
$29,917
$14.38
District of Columbia
$27,747
$13.34
Florida
$22,945
$11.03
Georgia
$26,379
$12.68
Hawaii
$24,855
$11.95
Idaho
$30,785
$14.80
Illinois
$29,221
$14.05
Indiana
$29,354
$14.11
Iowa
$27,801
$13.37
Kansas
$29,719
$14.29
Kentucky
$30,583
$14.70
Louisiana
$22,600
$10.87
Maine
$31,254
$15.03
Maryland
$30,511
$14.67
Massachusetts
$29,224
$14.05
Michigan
$28,241
$13.58
Minnesota
$31,695
$15.24
Mississippi
$23,393
$11.25
Missouri
$29,341
$14.11
Montana
$25,110
$12.07
Nebraska
$28,882
$13.89
Nevada
$30,476
$14.65
New Hampshire
$30,297
$14.57
New Jersey
$28,449
$13.68
New Mexico
$22,548
$10.84
New York
$28,905
$13.90
North Carolina
$26,836
$12.90
North Dakota
$28,787
$13.84
Ohio
$30,104
$14.47
Oklahoma
$23,965
$11.52
Oregon
$31,443
$15.12
Pennsylvania
$31,836
$15.31
Rhode Island
$28,763
$13.83
South Carolina
$24,797
$11.92
South Dakota
$27,897
$13.41
Tennessee
$26,369
$12.68
Texas
$24,104
$11.59
Utah
$29,555
$14.21
Vermont
$32,814
$15.78
Virginia
$27,389
$13.17
Washington
$32,699
$15.72
West Virginia
$27,720
$13.33
Wisconsin
$31,307
$15.05
Wyoming
$29,275
$14.07

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Highest Paying Cities For Machine Operator

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Auburn, WA
$32,824
$15.78
Allentown, PA
$31,968
$15.37
Minneapolis, MN
$31,714
$15.25
Green Bay, WI
$31,437
$15.11
Portland, OR
$31,325
$15.06
Richmond, KY
$30,569
$14.70

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How much does a Machine Operator make?

The average machine operator salary is $28,400 per year, or $13.65 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $23,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $34,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Vermont, Washington, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota provide the highest machine operator salaries.

Average Machine Operator Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $28,400
    $13.65
    +2.7%
    2020
    $27,600
    $13.29
    +3.6%
    2019
    $26,600
    $12.81
    +4.3%
    2018
    $25,500
    $12.26
    +2.5%
    2017
    $24,900
    $11.96
    +0.4%

    How Much Do Machine Operators Make In Different Industries?

    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 automotive, manufacturing, and retail companies. In fact, machine operators can make a yearly salary of $32,752 while working for automotive companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Machine Operator SalaryMachine Operator Salary Range
    1Automotive
    $32,752
    $26k
    $35k
    2Manufacturing
    $32,379
    $26k
    $35k
    3Retail
    $31,470
    $26k
    $35k
    4Technology
    $29,681
    $26k
    $35k

    High Paying Machine Operator Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Assembly Operator

    Avg. salary: $27,325

    In a manufacturing setting, an assembly operator is in charge of assembling materials using hands or tools. Their responsibilities include following assembly guidelines, packing items in containers and boxes, operating tools and equipment, and developing strategies to optimize operations. They may also perform regular maintenance checks on machines and equipment to maintain a safe and efficient work environment. Furthermore, it is essential to observe an active communication line with co-workers, coordinating for a structured and smooth workflow.
    60,664 Assembly Operator Jobs
    Machine Operator/Forklift Operator

    Avg. salary: $28,304

    A machine operator/forklift operator is responsible for operating industrial trucks to move merchandise around the warehouse facilities and other assigned areas. Machine operators/forklift operators also assist with inventory tasks by scanning orders and ensuring the correct merchandise for shipment. They manage the stability of the vehicles, ensuring its efficiency and optimization during operations, performing engine repairs for any inconsistencies to avoid delays on deliveries. A machine operator/forklift operator should strictly follow the safety protocols of the business, as well as have knowledge of the mechanical industry.
    80,260 Machine Operator/Forklift Operator Jobs
    Production Operator

    Avg. salary: $29,966

    A production operator is responsible for handling and monitoring manufacturing machines in a factory or similar establishment, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and according to schedule. Aside from assisting with the processing and packaging of goods, a production operator must also conduct necessary inspections to the machine or equipment that they are using to make sure that it is in good condition and is safe to use. Should there be any issues or concerns regarding safety, it is essential to notify a supervisor right away.
    87,851 Production Operator Jobs
    Manufacturing Operator

    Avg. salary: $27,922

    A manufacturing operator is primarily responsible for overseeing and controlling the performance of machines and equipment, ensuring efficiency and smooth workflow. Their responsibilities revolve around monitoring production operations, conducting regular maintenance checks to ensure the accuracy and quality of machinery, performing corrective measures and adjustments as needed, and assessing the quality of finished products, all while adhering to deadlines and goals. Furthermore, it is vital to comply with the company's safety policies and regulations to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for everyone.
    75,352 Manufacturing Operator Jobs
    Assembling Machine Operator

    Avg. salary: $25,390

    An assembling machine operator's role is to ensure the efficiency of assembly machines by setting or positioning the necessary components according to their sequence. Moreover, they must monitor the materials that the device produces, implement corrective measures if necessary, make sure that the machine is in good condition to maintain a safe working environment, and coordinate with the managers or supervisors should there be any issues. Furthermore, an assembling machine operator needs to adhere to the safety regulations and policies at all times.
    53,855 Assembling Machine Operator Jobs
    Warehouse Machine Operator

    Avg. salary: $28,183

    Warehouse machine operators perform various tasks for their employers. These include setting up, operating, monitoring, and troubleshooting machinery, inspecting parts for specifications and any potential damage, and reading and interpreting diagrams and blueprints to position and secure the machines. They are expected to communicate with other team members and provide support for continuous production. Most employers are looking to hire someone with knowledge of production and safety procedures, previous experience as a machine operator, and analytical skills.
    190,718 Warehouse Machine Operator Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Assembly Operator
    $27,325
    $2,277
    $13.14
    60,664
    Machine Operator/Forklift Operator
    $28,304
    $2,359
    $13.61
    80,260
    Production Operator
    $29,966
    $2,497
    $14.41
    87,851
    Manufacturing Operator
    $27,922
    $2,327
    $13.42
    75,352
    Assembling Machine Operator
    $25,391
    $2,116
    $12.21
    53,855
    Warehouse Machine Operator
    $28,184
    $2,349
    $13.55
    190,718
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    Machine Operator Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $16,900
    $8.12
    Mid Level
    $29,500
    $14.20
    Senior Level
    $38,100
    $18.33

    Which Companies Pay Machine Operators The Most?

    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 Uline and Key Tronic as they offer the highest salaries for machine operators.
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    Recently Added Machine Operator Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Us Foods
    Machine Operator Stock Yards Spokane
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    Ione, WA
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    $33,392
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    Grenada, MS
    08/31/2021
    $25,044
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    Mount Holly, NJ
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    $33,392
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    $47,250
    08/31/2021
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    $37,545
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    08/31/2021
    $33,914
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    $27,131
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    Average Machine Operator Salary by Demographic

    Machine Operator Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $29,447
    female-income
    Female Income
    $28,181
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$29,447
    Female$28,181
    Median Machine Operator Income by Race
    White machine operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american machine operators have the lowest average salary at $28,250.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$29,782
    Black or African American$28,250
    Asian$28,761
    Hispanic or Latino$28,390
    Average Machine Operator Salary by Education Level
    Machine operators with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $29,635 annually. With a Associate degree, machine operators earn a median annual income of $28,816 compared to $28,181 for machine operators with an High School Diploma degree.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    No Education
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$28,181
    No Education$27,099
    Bachelor's Degree$29,635
    Some College/ Associate Degree$28,816

    Machine Operator FAQs

    How much do big machine operators make?

    Big machine operators, also known as heavy equipment operators or construction equipment operators, make roughly $49,000.

    Depending on the role, you can earn more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pile-driver operators made about $63,370 in 2020.

    The top-paying industries for construction equipment operators were the construction of buildings (with $53,300) and heavy and civil engineering construction ($52,620).

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