Median pay for Continuous Improvement Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $80K per year. In the world of Continuous Improvement Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $54K and $116K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,465 - $107,788
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$55K
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MEDIAN: $79,818
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$15.12 - $39.47
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$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,465 - $107,788  
   
Bonus
$1,044 - $15,118  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,989  
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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$54,316 - $116,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 725
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $39.47  
   
Overtime
$21.30 - $47.10  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,044 - $15,118  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,989  
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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$54,316 - $116,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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.

Common Career Paths for Continuous Improvement Manager


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Though some Continuous Improvement Managers move into positions like Director, Continuous Improvement (where the average salary is $118K), this progression is not the norm. Moving from a Continuous Improvement Manager to Quality Manager or Plant Manager of Manufacturing is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Continuous Improvement Manager


Survey results imply that Continuous Improvement Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Problem Solving, Lean Process Engineering, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Six Sigma Green Belt. Those familiar with Lean Manufacturing also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Continuous Improvement Manager

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


For Continuous Improvement Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $71K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Continuous Improvement Managers bring in $91K after working for 10 to 20 years. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,469

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+23 percent), St. Louis (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Compared to the national average, El Paso Continuous Improvement Managers have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (17 percent lower) and Cincinnati (2 percent lower).

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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
$81,000


Skills That Affect Continuous Improvement Manager Salaries


Problem Solving
up arrow 14%

Lean Process Engineering
up arrow 3%

Process Improvement
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Operations Management
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Lean Manufacturing
0%

National Average
$81,000

Facilitator
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 4%


Data Analysis
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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