Production - Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

 

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
   
1.    Nuclear Power Reactor Operators (7,170) $91,370
2.    Power Distributors and Dispatchers (11,380) $81,500
3.    Power Plant Operators (35,010) $73,800
4.    Gas Plant Operators (17,350) $67,980
5.    Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers (41,630) $67,870
6.    First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers (610,480) $61,450
7.    Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators (33,720) $61,410
8.    Chemical Plant and System Operators (33,300) $59,430
9.    Plant and System Operators, All Other (11,970) $55,340
10.  Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic (25,180) $53,560
11.  Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers (42,010) $52,530
12.  Tool and Die Makers (72,210) $51,610
13.  Model Makers, Metal and Plastic (6,250) $50,360
14.  Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders (73,840) $50,300
15.  Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers (5,310) $48,460
16.  Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators (115,840) $47,930
17.  Patternmakers, Wood (970) $47,850
18.  Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic (9,070) $47,720
19.  Model Makers, Wood (1,040) $47,480
20.  Painters, Transportation Equipment (54,860) $46,270
21.  Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic (3,420) $44,490
22.  Machinists (391,120) $43,220
23.  Engine and Other Machine Assemblers (38,150) $43,090
24.  Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters (790) $42,470
25.  Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (382,730) $42,450
26.  Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers (26,480) $42,310
27.  Tire Builders (22,280) $42,230
28.  Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (29,060) $41,900
29.  Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders (17,730) $41,840
30.  Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, & Still Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders (47,160) $41,450
31.  Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (17,560) $41,180
32.  Dental Laboratory Technicians (37,110) $40,760
33.  Prepress Technicians and Workers (33,340) $40,640
34.  Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers (518,950) $40,340
35.  Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters (77,270) $40,000
36.  Medical Appliance Technicians (14,570) $39,880
37.  Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (33,850) $39,630
38.  Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (146,190) $39,590
39.  Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (19,780) $39,010
40.  Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (12,290) $38,880
41.  Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners (9,550) $38,860
42.  Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (19,160) $38,710
43.  Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (93,100) $38,570
44.  Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (46,920) $38,380
45.  Semiconductor Processors (24,430) $37,890
46.  Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (130,480) $37,630
47.  Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders (19,520) $37,600
48.  Printing Press Operators (169,910) $37,460
49.  Pourers and Casters, Metal (8,560) $37,300
50.  Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (117,300) $36,190
51.  Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (29,830) $36,050
52.  Foundry Mold and Coremakers (12,810) $36,030
53.  Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other (22,930) $35,780
54.  Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers (19,340) $35,420
55.  Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers (45,540) $35,410
56.  Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers (14,090) $35,340
57.  Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (71,960) $35,340
58.  Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (74,600) $34,920
59.  Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters (97,980) $34,800
60.  Upholsterers (32,520) $34,640
61.  Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders (16,940) $34,610
62.  Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (85,760) $34,460
63.  Etchers and Engravers (9,520) $34,390
64.  Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (71,260) $34,370
65.  Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians (28,570) $34,220
66.  Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal & Plastic (192,800) $34,210
67.  Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (61,330) $34,000
68.  Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers (218,530) $33,700
69.  Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (35,570) $33,690
70.  Print Binding and Finishing Workers (52,730) $33,270
71.  Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators (19,400) $33,020
72.  Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders, Metal and Plastic (145,560) $32,660
73.  Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic (39,450) $32,590
74.  Team Assemblers (1,112,780) $32,550
75.  Production Workers, All Other (251,670) $32,380
76.  Furniture Finishers (17,370) $32,330
77.  Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders (8,170) $32,100
78.  Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers (15,450) $32,040
79.  Woodworkers, All Other (6,750) $31,780
80.  Butchers and Meat Cutters (133,880) $31,740
81.  Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators (26,430) $31,740
82.  Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other (230,310) $31,050
83.  Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders (20,080) $30,970
84.  Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders (386,520) $30,910
85.  Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand (26,670) $30,860
86.  Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other (15,650) $30,830
87.  Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers (21,660) $30,670
88.  Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders (17,860) $30,590
89.  Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders (36,520) $30,330
90.  Food Batchmakers (148,540) $30,130
91.  Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood (50,640) $29,960
92.  Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing (76,130) $29,850
93.  Cutters and Trimmers, Hand (14,250) $29,580
94.  Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders (10,860) $28,480
95.  Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (21,550) $28,380
96.  Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (30,340) $28,110
97.  Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (15,040) $27,860
98.  Bakers (180,450) $27,110
99.  Slaughterers and Meat Packers (80,780) $27,040
100.Helpers--Production Workers (429,890) $26,930
101.Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders (3,500) $26,530
102.Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers (7,780) $26,040
103.Sewing Machine Operators (139,500) $25,830
104.Food Processing Workers, All Other (43,070) $25,800
105.Sewers, Hand (6,540) $25,630
106.Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers (149,800) $25,510
107.Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers (207,710) $23,210
108.Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials (45,150) $22,270

 

 
 
 
 

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