Auto assembly line workers build cars, trucks and other vehicles. These workers, often referred to as team assemblers, perform a range of tasks associated with auto assembly and usually rotate through each task on their team instead of performing the same task all the time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes auto assembly line workers among a range of other team assemblers, so salaries for these workers may be slightly different than those reported by the BLS.
The BLS reports that there were 997,390 team assembly workers in 2009, the category in which auto assembly line workers are included. These workers earned an average of $13.87 an hour, or $28,840 per year. The lowest 10th percentile of team assembly earners made $8.48 per hour, or $17,630 per year, while those in the highest 10th percentile of earners made $20.85 per hour, or $43,360 per year. According to Pay Scale, the national average hourly rate for auto assembly line workers as of January, 2011 ranges from $13.62 to $27.13 an hour.
The BLS reports that an estimated 76,510 team assemblers employed in the motor vehicle manufacturing sector earned an average wage of $14.83 an hour, or $30,840 per year in 2009. The estimated 39,370 team assemblers employed in the motor vehicle parts manufacturing sector earned an average of $23.73 an hour, or $49,360 per year.
Payscale reports that assembly line workers in the automobile / car industry earned an average of between $15.42 and $26.72 an hour.
The BLS reports that team assembly workers in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Washington and Tennessee made the highest average wages out of all states in 2009. Workers in Alabama had the highest overall wages, earning an average of $16.93 an hour, or $35,210 per year. Workers in Tennessee, the fifth highest-paying state, earned an average salary of $15.11 an hour, or $31,430 per year.
Differences by Metro Areas
Assembly line worker salaries also differed based on the metropolitan area in which the worker was employed. The BLS reports that workers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, earned the highest average wages out of all metropolitan areas in 2009. The estimated 4,170 team assembler workers in Tuscaloosa earned an average salary of $25.14 an hour, or $52,280 per year. Assemblers in the second highest-paying city, Spartanburg, South Carolina, earned $23.31 an hour, or $48,490 per year.