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Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salary

For Assistant Plant Managers, yearly average wages total $57K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $13K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Assistant Plant Managers can bottom out near $34K or peak near $88K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up the vast majority of Assistant Plant Managers (89 percent) who took the survey. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Assistant Plant Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,745 - $89,921
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$90K
MEDIAN: $57,244
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$12.02 - $26.32
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,745 - $89,921  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,048  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $10,213  
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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$33,937 - $87,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $26.32  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $41.89  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$587 - $10,213  
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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$33,937 - $87,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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For Assistant Plant Managers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like a Plant Manager of Manufacturing will earn $80K annually. When Assistant Plant Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Operations Managers or Operations Managers. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $4K, respectively.

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Typical Assistant Plant Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Plant Manager/Operations

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


For Assistant Plant Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $49K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $54K. Assistant Plant Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. Assistant Plant Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $62K.

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Experience Affects Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 29%


People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%