How to Make Your Next Assembly Technician Hire

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Last updated at 09-18-2020 21:41:13



More than 2,688 companies advertise 18,059 Assembly Technician 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 Assembly Technician most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 6,270 job posts from 1,259 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 9.4% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 80 Assembly Technician job seekers for every active Assembly Technician job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Warehouse Worker, Assembler, Delivery Driver, Machine Operator, Customer Service Representative, Technician, Maintenance Technician, Laborer, Assembly Technician, and Production Worker seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Assembly Technician candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. 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 Assembly Technician candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 10.0% of the active Assembly Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 16.1% have between 3-5 years of experience, 27.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 46.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 10.8 years to 9.9 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, mechanical knowledge, communication skills, English, manufacturing, hand tools, computer skills, customer service, Microsoft Office, and merchandising. Demand for hand tools, English, merchandising, computer literacy, power tools, forklift, organizational skills, Microsoft Excel, schematics, and micrometer has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Assembly Technician with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 46.1% 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 20.0%.

Example Assembly Technician responsibilities

  • Follow assembly instructions to build furniture or other large items
  • Pack and ship finished products to customers
  • Receive shipments and ensure they are in good condition
  • Verify that lost or damaged goods are not sent to consumers
  • Stack finished goods on shelves or in storage rooms to prepare for shipment


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 Assembly Technician positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida are the states that have the highest demand for Assembly Technicians. California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania are where most job seekers are searching for Assembly Technician jobs. If we look at the Assembly Technician to job ratio, Iowa, Alaska, Utah, Rhode Island, and Oregon have the lowest number of Assembly Technician applicants per job. Louisiana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Florida, and Mississippi have the most active Assembly Technician 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 491,477 job seekers interested in Assembly Technician opportunities in the United States. That’s a 5.7% decrease compared to the previous quarter with 533,817 active job seekers. Around 10.0% of the active Assembly Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 16.1% have between 3-5 years of experience, 27.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 46.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Assembly Technician candidates is 9.9 years. Active candidates in the Assembly Technician 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 Assembly Technician 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 2,491 Assembly Technicians from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Honeywell, John Deere, Eaton, Assemblers Incorporated, Caterpillar, Brown Stove Works, Baker Hughes Incorporated, GE Aviation, Boeing, and ASSEMBLERS, INC..

After analyzing post-interview data from Assembly Technician candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 45.3% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 88.1% 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 Assembly Technician candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, drug test, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises, written test, or presentation. If you are trying to hire your next Assembly Technician quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 66.5% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 44% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • How did you hear about this job?
  • What's your favorite thing about the job?
  • What do you expect to accomplish here?
  • Share an example in which you were able to solve a complex problem.
  • What is the most important thing for the company to succeed?

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 Assembly Technician salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 4% from $43,787.17 to $42,160.41 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest decrease in the past 6 quarters. For Assembly Technician positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 88.4%, dental insurance by 76.8%, vision insurance by 73.8%, paid time off by 70.7%, a 401k plan by 68.3%, discounts by 32.3%, and stock options/grants by 20.1%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including location variety, sabbaticals, maternity leave, fully remote, paternity leave, mostly remote, flexible working hours, and somewhat remote, to attract and retain Assembly Technician candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 41.9% of the employers conducted a background check, and 40.9% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Assembly Technician candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Assembly Technician, 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 Assembly Technician candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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