AssemblerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Assemblers use their skills to put together the various parts of a particular product. They might only assemble one set of components or the finished product. They have to read and interpret blueprints, assemble parts correctly, and ensure they fit as directed. They also perform repairs when necessary and report errors in the assembly line. Assemblers use a variety of tools, including machinery and basic hand tools, depending on the job and the industry. They perform routine inspections to check for accuracy and quality in their products. Assemblers need to have a thorough understanding of manufacturing to make sure everything is built to the proper specifications.

Sample job description #1

Your impact

As an assembler, you will be responsible for following schematics to create our finished products. You will be a key team member participating in the achievement of our daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Key responsibilities

  • Cut and strip wire and cable to the blueprint requirement
  • Auto splices and/or solders reed switches, electronic components, and connectors to wire harnesses
  • Installs PCB in stems and /or housings
  • Sets mechanical switches and floats in accordance with blueprint specifications
  • Mixes potting compound
  • Installs grip rings, collars, floats, housings, and other types of hardware on sensors as specified on the blueprint or work instructions
  • Perform visual and dimensional inspections of in-process and finished components, subassemblies, and products
  • Installs the appropriate labels on the completed sensors

Position requirements

  • Desire to own decisions and take responsibility for outcomes
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Soldering skills
  • Knowledge of arithmetic
  • Blueprint reading
  • Ability to use measurement tools
  • Knowledge of hand tools and how to use
  • ISO9000 procedures and protocol
  • Safety procedures and protocol
  • Minimum high school diploma or general education degree GED
  • Minimum one-year previous manufacturing assembly experience preferred
  • Ability to read and interpret documents written in English
  • Some basic computer skills
  • Basic math skills

Sample job description #2

Duties and responsibilities

  • Work on non-automated equipment such as RF Sealer and other kitting functions
  • Perform work per work instructions and area metrics
  • Keep work area clean by disposing empty boxes and cardboard, as well as keeping material
  • Inform proper personnel of material shortage
  • Train others in all areas
  • Adhere to all safety requirements in the work area

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Basic math skills
  • Work well with others

Education and experience requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Sample job description #3


  • Learn and adhere to all safety policies and practices to avoid safety incidents
  • Learn and adhere to all manufacturing policies and practices to ensure consistent production
  • Ensure quality by following standard work/process instructions and identifying any potential risks to product quality
  • Ensure that work areas remain clean and well organized
  • Lifting up to 21-50 lbs. consistently

Education and experience

  • Minimum of high school diploma or GED and 1 year of relevant manufacturing experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant manufacturing experience
  • Previous experience in rollout is preferred
  • Must have a basic command of the English language, both written and verbal

Job knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations
  • Knowledge of air tools
  • Basic mechanical knowledge
  • Ability to read or learn to read a tape measure

Average salary and compensation

Though salary will vary depending on experience and location, the average salary for an assembler is $35,760 per year in the United States.

LocationSalary for 1 Year of ExperienceSalary for 5 Years of Experience
Phoenix, Arizona$35,400$36,636
Los Angeles, California$40,500$41,915
Denver, Colorado$36,200$37,472
Washington, DC$39,900$41,279
Miami, Florida$34,900$36,118
Orlando, Florida$34,102$35,282
Tampa, Florida$34,100$35,282
Atlanta, Georgia$35,400$36,636
Chicago, Illinois$38,000$39,325
Boston, Massachusetts$40,400$41,797
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$38,200$39,525
New York City, New York$43,100$44,604
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$38,400$39,725
Dallas, Texas$35,600$36,838
Houston, Texas$36,700$37,990
Seattle, Washington$39,200$40,561

Sample interview questions

  • Tell me about the most complex item you’ve built. How did you do it?
  • Are you able to read blueprints and schematics? 
  • How experienced are you working with tools? 
  • What do you feel are the most important skills for an assembler to possess?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of the job of an assembler?
  • How do you ensure the consistent quality of your work?
  • What do you do if you receive an order with an error?
  • How do you imagine a typical day in this factory? 
  • What are your expectations for the job of an assembler?
  • Are you comfortable having quotas and targets to meet at work every day?
  • Are you able to do repetitive jobs? How do you stay motivated?
  • What will you do to ensure your safety in work, and the safety of your colleagues?
  • Do you have any experience with [Your Preferred Tool] tool?
  • Do you have experience with [Your Company’s Assembly Machines] machine?
  • Do you have experience with laser-guided assembly instructions?
  • Are you experienced with assembling products of different sizes?
  • Are you detail oriented?
  • Do you work well as a part of a team?
  • Do you have experience ordering supplies for parts and products?
  • Are you familiar with energy-saving protocols to lower costs?
  • What steps do you typically follow to keep factory equipment operational?

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