How Much Do Packaging Machine Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$35220 per year
Hourly wage
$17 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$23,670 to $27,490 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $23,670 to $27,490 per year or $11 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $25 $51,080
Senior (Top 25%) $20 $40,640
Middle (Mid 50%) $16 $32,640
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $27,490
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $23,670

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WY $22 $46,090
ME $20 $40,620
MO $19 $39,870
RI $18 $38,110
MN $18 $38,030
WA $18 $37,960
VA $18 $37,500
ID $18 $37,420
KY $18 $37,380
CT $18 $37,270

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Packaging and Filling Machine Operator and Tender is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Packaging Machine Operators are in the states of WY, ME, MO, RI and MN.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $59730 $28.72
Tobacco Manufacturing $51700 $24.85
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $49240 $23.67
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $45380 $21.82
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $43020 $20.68
Scientific Research and Development Services $42540 $20.45
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $42250 $20.31
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $42170 $20.28
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $40820 $19.63
Grain and Oilseed Milling $40740 $19.59
Foundries $40520 $19.48
Beverage Manufacturing $40320 $19.38
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $40290 $19.37
Local Government $39780 $19.12
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $39290 $18.89
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $39200 $18.85
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $38670 $18.59
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $37730 $18.14
Dairy Product Manufacturing $37480 $18.02
Management of Companies and Enterprises $37450 $18.00
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $37270 $17.92
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $37100 $17.84
Machinery Manufacturing $36860 $17.72
Chemical Manufacturing $36420 $17.51
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $36360 $17.48
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $36340 $17.47
Other Food Manufacturing $36060 $17.34
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $35950 $17.28
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers $35930 $17.27
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $35480 $17.06

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