How to Make Your Next Assembler Hire

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Last updated at 09-14-2020 17:52:17



More than 10,820 companies advertise 112,821 Assembler jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Assembler most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 42,185 job posts from 5,732 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 50.3% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 58 Assembler job seekers for every active Assembler job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Warehouse Worker, Assembler, Customer Service Representative, Delivery Driver, Laborer, Machine Operator, Production Worker, Packer, Order Picker, and Retail Sales Associate seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Assembler candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Warehouse Worker, Assembler, Customer Service Representative, Laborer, Delivery Driver, Machine Operator, Production Worker, Retail Sales Associate, Packer, and Material Handler. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Assembler candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 26.5% of the active Assembler candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 22.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 24.5% have 6-10 years of experience, and 26.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 7.2 years to 7.3 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include assembly, manufacturing, communication skills, hand tools, English, mechanical knowledge, power tools, computer skills, warehouse experience, and basic math. Demand for hand tools, soldering, warehouse experience, quality control, power tools, computer literacy, writing skills, English, kanban, and human resources has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Assembler with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.3 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 59.7% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 30.0%.

Example Assembler responsibilities

  • Working with a team to assemble products or components
  • Read and follow instructions on assembling parts
  • Balance and turn between chests, drawers, or racks, using a barcode scanner for a visual check
  • Verify and package products for shipping
  • Accepting shipments, unloading them, and packaging them again for distribution


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Assembler positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, and North Carolina are the states that have the highest demand for Assemblers. Texas, California, Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina are where most job seekers are searching for Assembler jobs. If we look at the Assembler to job ratio, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Alaska have the lowest number of Assembler applicants per job. Nevada, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas have the most active Assembler job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 2,378,285 job seekers interested in Assembler opportunities in the United States. That’s a 28.1% increase compared to the previous quarter with 1,923,698 active job seekers. Around 26.5% of the active Assembler candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 22.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 24.5% have 6-10 years of experience, and 26.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Assembler candidates is 7.3 years. Active candidates in the Assembler profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Assembler candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 34,915 Assemblers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Caterpillar, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Magna International Inc, Whirlpool Corporation, Medtronic, John Deere, Electrolux, Honeywell, and Honda.

After analyzing post-interview data from Assembler candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 56.9% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 90.4% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Assembler candidates are expecting a on-site interview, drug test, background check, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a group interview or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Assembler quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 65.6% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 55% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • How does one make it to this position?
  • What are the biggest challenges of this job?
  • What do you enjoy most about the job?
  • What are the most important skills for success in this role?
  • Is safety a priority? How important is it to you to prevent accidents and incidents in the workplace?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Assembler salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 5% from $41,040.86 to $38,986.84 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest decrease in the past 6 quarters. For Assembler positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 78.6%, dental insurance by 68.9%, a 401k plan by 63.1%, vision insurance by 62.2%, paid time off by 62.0%, discounts by 26.0%, and stock options/grants by 15.7%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including maternity leave, paternity leave, mostly remote, location variety, flexible working hours, fully remote, somewhat remote, and sabbaticals, to attract and retain Assembler candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 38.0% of the employers conducted a background check, and 40.5% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Assembler candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Assembler, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Assembler candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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