Continuous Improvement Manager Salary

An average Continuous Improvement Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $81K annually. Overall cash earnings for Continuous Improvement Managers vary widely between $53K and $119K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Continuous Improvement Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Continuous Improvement Managers survey respondents are men (74 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,501 - $110,181
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$55K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,621
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$15.38 - $36.06
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,501 - $110,181  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $15,035  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $14,544  
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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$53,300 - $118,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,006
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Hourly Rate
$15.38 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$21.02 - $39.88  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.33 - $15,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $14,544  
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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$53,300 - $118,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Continuous Improvement Manager

Continuous improvement managers are responsible for measuring and testing procedures in a company with an eye to improving production efficiency. They also identify new metrics for judging efficiency, as well as work with human resources employees or trainers to develop curriculum to bring hires to peak efficiency quickly.

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Continuous Improvement Manager Tasks

  • Supervise and direct the work of CI department staff.
  • Monitor existing processes to make sure they continue to perform at optimal levels of efficiency.
  • Drive the improvement of processes and systems in a company, and implement programs that will have continuing long-term benefits.
  • Develop plans, schedules, and budgets for projects to improve existing processes.

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Continuous Improvement Managers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Plant Manager of Manufacturing. Median pay for Plant Managers of Manufacturing is $81K. Many Continuous Improvement Managers advance into roles as Quality Managers or Process Improvement Managers, but the median salaries are $10K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Continuous Improvement Manager


Continuous Improvement Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Team Leadership, Microsoft Office, and Facilitator. Most people experienced in Lean Manufacturing also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Continuous Improvement Manager

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


Continuous Improvement Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $69K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $85K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Continuous Improvement Managers make $94K following one to two decades on the job. Continuous Improvement Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $99K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,609

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For Continuous Improvement Managers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Continuous Improvement Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+19 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Columbus (+6 percent). Continuous Improvement Managers in El Paso earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (18 percent less) and Milwaukee (3 percent less).

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What is it like working as a Continuous Improvement Manager?

Continuous Improvement Manager in Marietta:
"Lean Implementation."
Pros: I am tasked with coming up with ideas to make the company's process flow more smoothly. I enjoy determining the most efficient ways to go about improving processes. I feel a sense of accomplishment in implementing new ideas.
Cons: My job can often get boring when I am sitting at my desk having to focus on monitoring new processes for sustainability.

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Experience Affects Continuous Improvement Manager Salaries




National Average
$83,000


Skills That Affect Continuous Improvement Manager Salaries



Lean Manufacturing
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$83,000

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Facilitator
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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