Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salary

With just over a half of Assistant Plant Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $92K per year and averages out to $59K annually. Total cash earnings of Assistant Plant Managers range from $34K on the low end to $92K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $14K and $10K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Plant Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Assistant Plant Managers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,833 - $94,660
(Median)
$40K
$59K
$95K
MEDIAN: $59,113
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90%

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$11.78 - $26.54
(Median)
$12
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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
$39,833 - $94,660  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,137  
Profit Sharing
$613 - $9,787  
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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$34,051 - $91,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $26.54  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $40.96  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$613 - $9,787  
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).
)
$34,051 - $91,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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

  • Manage the technical and financial aspects of plant operations.
  • Create plans and calendars for forecasted production needs.
  • Supervise processes and staff to meet specified plant production goals on time and at specified quality.
  • Maximize yields, workflow, and schedules without compromising safety or quality.
  • Track and present quality, safety, and permitting/legal information to the Plant Manager

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. Operations Managers or Operations Managers are common next-step roles for Assistant Plant Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Operations Managers is $1K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Operations Managers.

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Survey results show that Assistant Plant Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Plant Manager/Operations

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $53K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $49K. Assistant Plant Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $65K.

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Experience Affects Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$57,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 24%


National Average
$57,000

People Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%