Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salary

Assistant Plant Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $35K to $91K per year, median earnings come to $60K per year. Total cash earnings of Assistant Plant Managers range from $35K on the low end to $91K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $13K and $7K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,210 - $94,387
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$94K
MEDIAN: $59,584
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90%

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$11.54 - $26.93
(Median)
$12
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$41,210 - $94,387  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,388  
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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$34,970 - $91,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.54 - $26.93  
   
Overtime
$17.10 - $43.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,388  
   
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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$34,970 - $91,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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. It is not uncommon for an Assistant Plant Manager to continue on to become an Operations Manager or an Operations Manager.

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Assistant Plant Managers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Safety Compliance and People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Plant Manager/Operations

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $50K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $53K on average. For Assistant Plant Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $66K.

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Experience Affects Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 22%


National Average
$58,000

People Management
up arrow 6%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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