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

Median pay for Production & Operating Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $53K annually. The range in cash compensation to Production & Operating Managers (largely between $28K and $79K) includes potential earnings of $8K from bonuses, $5K from profit sharing, and commissions of $19K in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. For the most part, Production & Operating Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Production & Operating Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$35,444 - $81,526
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,444
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$10.79 - $26.01
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,444 - $81,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,662  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,083  
Commission
$0.00 - $18,907  
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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$28,060 - $78,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $26.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.55 - $10.34  
Overtime
$15.23 - $41.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,662  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $18,907  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,083  
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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$28,060 - $78,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 952
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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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Production & Operating Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Plant Manager of Manufacturing. The latter position pays an average of $81K annually. An Operations Manager role is the most common promotion for Production & Operating Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $59K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Production & Operating Managers is an Administrative Support Manager position, where earnings are usually $41K.

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Although United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $37K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $24K on the low end all the way up to $88K at the top.

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


Production & Operating Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Safety Compliance, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Quality Assurance / Quality Control also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Operations Management, Training, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. It is often found that people who know Team Leadership are also skilled in 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.


Production & Operating Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. On average, Production & Operating Managers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,567

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

For those looking to make money, Production & Operating Managers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Production & Operating Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Kansas City (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Workers in Cleveland and Louisville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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

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



National Average
$49,000



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




Leadership
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People Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Production Management
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$49,000


Problem Solving
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 477 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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