First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salary

For Production & Operating Managers, yearly average wages total $56K annually. In the world of Production & Operating Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $77K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. For the most part, Production & Operating Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Production & Operating Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,530 - $82,792
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$56K
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MEDIAN: $55,785
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$10.92 - $25.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,530 - $82,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,748  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,896  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$27,721 - $76,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,034
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.92 - $25.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33 - $10.26  
Overtime
$16.44 - $37.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,748  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,896  
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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$27,721 - $76,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 852

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Job Description for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers

A manager of production and operating workers, also known as a first-line supervisor, typically oversees 20 or more front-line employees. The workers under supervision of the first-line supervisor are most likely laborers that complete production on-site. The first-line supervisor must watch over these employees and ensure that high production speed and quality are met. They may at times need to hire new employees, as well as train new hires. Another important component of the job of a first-line supervisor is employee safety; the manager must ensure that all safety guidelines are met, and they develop and implement strategies to ensure a safe work setting, including identifying potential hazards on the job site.

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First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Tasks

  • Supervise workers producing goods, including setting schedules and conducting trainings.
  • Evaluate, analyze, and assess production data, budgets, schedules, and other information
  • Inspect products for quality, defects, and problems with process, materials, equipment, or skills.

Common Career Paths for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers


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Production & Operating Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Plant Manager of Manufacturing, where median compensation is $82K annually. The most common career progression for Production & Operating Managers leads to becoming an Operations Manager, where average pay is $59K annually. However, many Production & Operating Managers also opt to become Administrative Support Managers. Typically, an Administrative Support Manager brings home $42K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers


United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Sodexo, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Tyson Foods, Inc. are top-notch employers for Production & Operating Managers in this area. Tyson Foods, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $50K.

Offering only $32K on average, Sodexo, Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $25K on the lower end and $53K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers


Production & Operating Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Safety Compliance, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Machine Operation and Machine Programming, Manufacturing also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Leadership are similarly competent in Training, Operations Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers

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


Production & Operating Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Production & Operating Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Production & Operating Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $48,169

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Production & Operating Managers will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Production & Operating Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and San Antonio (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Omaha Production & Operating Managers earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Chicago and Richmond earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers?

First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers in Menifee:
"True or false."
Pros: If you do not learn that everyone is unique and find it difficult to understand those you interact with whether it's a customer, subordinate or vendor, then you do not understand business.
Cons: Lack of structure and employer willingness to help others to grow as business professionals.

First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers in Columbus:
"Fun, can be stressful."
Pros: You get to watch games being played all day. You look for compliance errors and provide guest service. You can be entertaining if you want. Your team members can yell at you! You don't have to yell back but you do have to fix their mistakes and you guarantee your customers are happy when you do :)
Cons: The 'high school drama' mentality of the workers and sometimes management; if management doesn't have a clear vision to improve, they may not also be open to suggestions; quick to retaliate for very 'little' things, suggestive that management can get bored and will 'nitpick' as a result.

First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers in Temecula:
"It's lonely at the top."
Pros: I love that I wake up and go to work for a purpose. Knowing that I can help others.
Cons: Micro managed, and not given the opportunity to try innovation.

First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers in Linwood:
"A True Italian Family."
Pros: Great Management, Great People, Flexible Hours, Reasonable Pay, Great Product.
Cons: High Stress, Some less then awesome co-workers.

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Key Stats for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 329 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salaries







People Management
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National Average
$48,000





Problem Solving
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Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Machine Operation
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 329 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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