Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Assistant Plant Managers earn an average of $61K per year. Total cash earnings of Assistant Plant Managers range from $39K on the low end to $102K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $7K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Assistant Plant Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,954 - $99,598
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,143
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$12.02 - $26.25
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,954 - $99,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,610  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,787  
Commission
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,799 - $101,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $26.25  
   
Overtime
$17.20 - $39.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,610  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $6,787  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,799 - $101,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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Job Description for Assistant Plant Manager/Operations

Positions as assistant plant managers of operations exist in a wide variety of industries. Almost every manufacturing company has a plant and requires someone to oversee the plant's operations. Generally speaking, these jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree, though employers may prefer a master of business administration (MBA) or another post-baccalaureate degree. At least 10 years of relevant experience is also frequently required, including in supervisory roles or management positions. Employers may require applicants have additional specific skill sets as well.

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Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Tasks

  • Assist the plant manager with managing plant activities and coordinating employees.
  • Maximize yields, workflow, and schedules without compromising safety or quality.
  • Supervise processes and staff to meet specified plant production goals on time and at specified quality.
  • Supervise plant employees, train new employees, and enforce safety policies and procedures.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Plant Manager/Operations


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Advancing into a Plant Manager of Manufacturing role seems to be a popular career move for Assistant Plant Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $81K per year. Becoming an Operations Manager or an Operations Manager is a common transition from an Assistant Plant Manager role.

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Assistant Plant Managers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Operations Management, Safety Compliance, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management and Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Plant Manager/Operations

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Assistant Plant Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $59K. Assistant Plant Managers bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. Assistant Plant Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $66K.

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Experience Affects Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 19%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$60,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 6%

People Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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