Assistant Plant Manager/Operations Salary
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.Read More...
Daily duties for assistant plant managers of operations mostly revolve around monitoring, reviewing, and reporting on operations at the plant. This may involve specific protocols and procedures or may be more broad, depending on the position. This position requires knowledge of company and government regulations, as the assistant manager must ensure these rules are followed while the plant continues to run efficiently. To execute these duties, excellent analytical, communications, and problem-solving skills are necessary.
Assistant plant managers of operations work mostly in an indoor environment, but plants in some geographical areas may experience extreme temperatures. Hazards should be fairly minimal as long as safety protocols are followed, while physical requirements vary based on the position, but are usually not very demanding. Work may be done with small teams, and regular reports to management are generally expected, although there is generally no direct supervision. Work hours vary based on available shifts and company policy.
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
Many Assistant Plant Managers move into a Plant Manager of Manufacturing role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $82K per year. A lot of Assistant Plant Managers advance their careers by becoming Operations Managers and Operations Managers. However, those positions offer $2K less and $2K less per year on average.
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Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Plant Manager/Operations
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Assistant Plant Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $60K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.