Toy Industry Workers


Toy Industry Workers


Toy industry workers create, design, manufacture, and market toys and games for adults and children. Their jobs are similar to those of their counterparts in other industries. Some operate large machines, while others assemble toys by hand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of all employees in the toy industry work in production. Most toy companies are located in or near large metropolitan areas.

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



On-the-job training (entry level)





Personality Traits



Earnings in this field vary by the type of job a person does, the size of the employer, and the employer's location. Some production workers are paid on a piecework basis; that is, they are paid according to the number of pieces of work that they complete. Others are paid on a straight salary.

Most production workers work 40-hour work weeks. Machine operators usually earn more than assem...

Work Environment

The production floor of some toy factories is simply a large room in which workers perform routine tasks. A factory may employ as many as several hundred people to do production work. Some people work at machines, while others sit at tables or assembly lines. Some workers stand throughout much of the work day. Workers often have to meet production schedules and quotas, so they have to keep up a...


There is always a demand for toys, but this industry is closely linked to the state of the economy. The economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has also slowed down the toy and game manufacturing industry in 2020. When manufacturing resumes fully by 2021, employment should start to pick up for toy industry workers. Going forward, the outlook depends on factors such as the type of job ...