Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salary

With nearly one-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 $35K to $91K per year and averages out to $59K annually. Total cash compensation to Assistant Plant Managers bottoms out near $35K and approaches $91K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $13K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Assistant Plant Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,015 - $94,387
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$94K
MEDIAN: $59,443
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50%
90%

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$11.58 - $26.89
(Median)
$12
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
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
$41,015 - $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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$34,706 - $91,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $26.89  
   
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.
)
$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).
)
$34,706 - $91,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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Assistant Plant Managers who move on to become Plant Managers of Manufacturing may enjoy significant pay raises, as Plant Managers of Manufacturing get paid an average of $81K per year. An Operations Manager or an Operations Manager is a typical transition from an Assistant Plant Manager role.

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Assistant Plant Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $50K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $53K. On average, Assistant Plant Managers make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $65K on average.

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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
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 22%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$58,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 6%

People Management
up arrow 6%

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: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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