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First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salary (United States)

A typical Production & Operating Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K annually. Total cash incomes of Production & Operating Managers run from $28K to $76K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K, profit sharing that reaches $5K, and some commissions of nearly $12K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Production & Operating Managers are men (77 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salary (?
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$34,706 - $77,931
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MEDIAN: $51,117
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First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salary (?
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$10.40 - $24.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,706 - $77,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,981  
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $4,942  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,108  
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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$28,035 - $75,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,685
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $24.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36 - $13.15  
Overtime
$14.74 - $39.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,981  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,108  
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $4,942  
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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$28,035 - $75,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 900
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Production & Operating Managers who advance to upper-end positions like Plant Manager of Manufacturing. Median pay for Plant Managers of Manufacturing is $80K per year. Production & Operating Managers most often move into positions as Operations Managers or Manufacturing Production Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

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

Production & Operating Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Safety Compliance, Operations Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training, Team Leadership, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. It is often found that people who know Leadership are also skilled in 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.
For Production & Operating Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. 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 $57K. The largest share of Production & Operating Managers have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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Cleveland
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National Average
$47,000
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Above-average salaries for Production & Operating Managers can be found in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the three largest cities in the United States. Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (8 percent less) and Baltimore (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salaries

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$47,000

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

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Microsoft Office
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$47,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 612 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%