Wages vary depending on the industry, location and complexity of the work. Assemblers in Canada earn an average of $19 an hour, while wages in the U.S. range from $27,000 to $45,000 annually. Electronic Equipment Assemblers who have become testers or inspectors often can freelance and earn significantly more, particularly if they are perceived as experts in the field.
Wages overseas are impacted by those set in the U.S., since many large electronics manufacturers outsource equipment assembling to the Far East. Workers are benefiting from global customer mandates set by large American companies. For example, in 2012 workers in a technology company in China had pay and overtime rates increase significantly when Apple pushed for improved safety and better employee compensation in its global supply chain.