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

For Production & Operating Managers, annual average wages total $52K per year. Total incomes of Production & Operating Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $28K and $77K. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Production & Operating Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,463 - $79,050
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,141
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50%
90%

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$10.59 - $24.99
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,463 - $79,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,975  
Profit Sharing
$2.70 - $4,872  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,193  
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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$28,044 - $77,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.59 - $24.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36 - $13.24  
Overtime
$14.63 - $40.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,975  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,193  
Profit Sharing
$2.70 - $4,872  
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).
)
$28,044 - $77,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 831

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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

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

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


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For Production & Operating Managers, progressing to a Plant Manager of Manufacturing role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Plant Manager of Manufacturing can earn $81K annually. Production & Operating Managers typically move into roles as Operations Managers or Manufacturing Production Managers, and those positions pay $10K more and $14K more, respectively.

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


Survey takers working as Production & Operating Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Project Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training, Team Leadership, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people who know Leadership also know Team Leadership, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Training.

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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production & Operating Managers make a median salary of $52K. Production & Operating Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Production & Operating Managers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Production & Operating Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Production & Operating Managers in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 33 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Columbus and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Production Management
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Leadership
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National Average
$48,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 538 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%