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

Production & Operating Managers in the United States pull down an average of $55K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Production & Operating Managers can bottom out near $28K or peak near $76K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Production & Operating Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Production & Operating Managers who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,645 - $82,348
$36K
$55K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,438
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$11.05 - $25.03
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MEDIAN: $16.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,645 - $82,348  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,302  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,140  
Commission
$1,750  
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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$28,118 - $75,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 981
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.05 - $25.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28 - $10.21  
Overtime
$16.47 - $37.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,302  
   
Commission
$1,750  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,140  
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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$28,118 - $75,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 818

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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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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 $82K annually. As Production & Operating Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Operations Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $59K per year. Another common career choice for Production & Operating Managers is to move into an Administrative Support Manager role. Typically, Administrative Support Managers get paid $42K.

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


Production & Operating Managers flock to United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Sodexo, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Tyson Foods, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Production & Operating Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Tyson Foods, Inc., where the average salary comes to $50K.

Bringing up the rear, Sodexo, Inc.'s median pay of $30K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $53K.

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


Production & Operating Managers seem to exploit a large range 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. The majority of those who know Leadership also know Training, Operations Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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

Pay by Experience for a First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers has a positive trend. An entry-level First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 745 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 563 salaries. An experienced First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 573 salaries. A First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 343 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,072

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Production & Operating Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Production & Operating Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), San Antonio (+13 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Production & Operating Managers in Omaha make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Chicago and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (24 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 342 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salaries

▲21%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$48,000

▼16%

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






▲1%


National Average
$48,000




▼6%

Problem Solving
▼8%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▼9%

Machine Operation
▼11%

Customer Service
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 342 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 23%
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