What does a Production 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.

  • 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
  • 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 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
2.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Production Worker Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37,127 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28K
Median: $37K
$49K
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Production Worker Career Path

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

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Production Worker Insights

Read what Production 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.”

Kelli’s Gift Shop SuppliersKelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers
Assembly Line Worker
Apr. 3, 2020

“I so enjoyed working there and everyone was extremely nice and helpful in assisting me in learning the different jobs.”

Aldenham Country Park
Farm Assistant
Mar. 2, 2021

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

WaitroseWaitrose
General Assistant
Jul. 29, 2021

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

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.”

EMIT TechnologiesEMIT Technologies
Shop Production
Aug. 8, 2019

“Performance based reviews happen regularly and personal growth is not only promoted but also coached.”

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.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a production worker

When working as a production worker, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Attention To Detail, Excellent Customer Service, Microsoft Office Suite, English and Effective Communication.

The most similar professions to production worker are:
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Machine Operator
  • Forklift Operator
  • Warehouse Worker

The most common qualifications to become a production worker is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.