What does an Assembly Line Worker do?

Production workers are responsible for mass production of a specific product in a manufacturing or production facility. Depending on the industry and company, a production worker's duties may vary from operating machinery, assembling materials or equipment, carrying out inspections and quality control. Typical career advancements for production workers include a managerial or supervisory role.

A high school diploma or general education degree is typically the minimum educational requirement for production workers with experience in the production industry preferred. Desirable skills include being reliable and diligent with the ability to work efficiently while maintaining high standards in quality at all times. Due to the nature of the work, production workers must be able to stand for long hours at a time, perform repetitive tasks with minimal supervision and withstand hot temperatures. A flexible work schedule with the ability to work shifts, overtime and weekend is also required.

What responsibilities are common for Assembly Line Worker jobs?
  • Operate machinery to assist in the production process
  • Assemble materials and equipment as required
  • Inspect finished products for defects to ensure quality standards are met
  • Assist in the loading of raw materials to the production lines
  • Transport raw materials from one place to another
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers to ensure efficient production and deadlines are met
  • Conduct inspections and quality control of products
  • Assist in lifting, carrying and moving heavy loads as required
What are the typical qualifications for Assembly Line Worker jobs?
  • Prior experience in a production setting preferred
  • Familiar with production equipment and machinery
  • Sharp attention to detail in favor of identifying defects
  • Self-driven and hard worker
  • Able to work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Flexible to work shifts, overtime and weekends as required
  • Able to stand for long hours at a time
  • Able to withstand hot temperatures in the production room
  • Physically able to lift, carry and move up to 60lbs
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Assembly Line Worker make?

Confident
$35,920 /yr
Total Pay
$34,201
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$1,719
 /yr

Additional Pay

$35,920

 / yr
$28K$47K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Assembly Line Worker Career Path

Learn how to become an Assembly Line Worker, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Production Worker
$36,759/yr
Senior Production Worker
$41,908/yr
Assembly Line Worker

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
23%
2 - 4
20%
5 - 7
2%
8+
55%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Assembly Line Worker Insights

Read what Assembly Line Worker professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Nor-LakeNor-Lake
Production
Jun 16, 2021

“The people that bayou work with are really good and fun people to work with.”

WaitroseWaitrose
General Assistant
Jul 29, 2021

“it was really good pay for my age and the people i was working with were nice”

Aldenham Country Park
Farm Assistant
Mar 2, 2021

“The people I worked with were nice and it’s was a fun place to work”

Wis-PakWis-Pak
Production
Aug 29, 2021

“And the top pay is not nearly enough for what you have to deal with.”

SafranSafran
Production Associate
Aug 22, 2021

“Pay was just good enough to keep people content but not enough to set aside.”

Precision Equipment ManufacturingPrecision Equipment Manufacturing
Production
Mar 11, 2022

“trained and work at a variety of work stations makes this job enjoyable and exciting.”

Schloegel Design RemodelSchloegel Design Remodel
Production Team Member
Oct 20, 2021

“I love the people I get to work with and the great projects we get to build.”

Innovative Technologies in Print
Production
Feb 4, 2021

“Very good benefit package and the pay scale seems to be within that industry norm.”

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Assembly Line Worker Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of production workers

Production workers have careers in the manufacturing industry, often in a factory or warehouse setting. A typical day of a production worker includes job duties like working an assembly line, packaging products, operating machinery, or performing quality control or quality assurance.

Production worker job satisfaction is good for those who enjoy fast-paced environments, are attentive to safety, and efficient. Production workers typically work in shifts. Sometimes they consistently have the same shift, while some face variable hours and weekend shifts.

The average pay for a production worker in the U.S. is $35,920 per year, with the lowest wages at $27,744 per year and top wages reaching $46,880 per year. Production workers also have the possibility to move into senior or lead positions for a pay bump.

Production work is a very physical job, with repetitive movements and long hours on your feet. When considering becoming a production worker, remember you may also need to work nights, weekends, and overtime if the factory or warehouse is facing a busy period.

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