Continuous Improvement Manager Salary

Median pay for Continuous Improvement Managers in the United States is around $81K annually. Cash earnings for Continuous Improvement Managers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $52K to approximately $119K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Continuous Improvement Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$53,926 - $109,961
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$54K
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MEDIAN: $80,787
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$15.52 - $36.06
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$53,926 - $109,961  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,518  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $11,693  
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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$52,217 - $118,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 854
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Hourly Rate
$15.52 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$21.24 - $37.89  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,518  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $11,693  
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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$52,217 - $118,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Plant Manager of Manufacturing. Plant Managers of Manufacturing on average make about as much as Continuous Improvement Managers do.

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Popular Skills for Continuous Improvement Manager


Continuous Improvement Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Team Leadership as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Facilitator also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $86K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Continuous Improvement Managers make a median salary of $93K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $98K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Continuous Improvement Managers in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Continuous Improvement Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Continuous Improvement Managers in El Paso earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Workers in Portland and Milwaukee earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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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 Process Engineering
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Lean Manufacturing
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Process Improvement
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Project Management
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National Average
$83,000

Six Sigma Green Belt
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Facilitator
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Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%
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