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

Production & Operating Managers in the United States take home an average $52K annually. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Production & Operating Managers. Ranging between $28K near the bottom and $77K near the top, total earnings can include up to $7K from bonuses and up to $5K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $16K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. 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. Work is enjoyable for Production & Operating Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,131 - $79,221
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$79K
MEDIAN: $51,782
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$10.64 - $25.03
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$35,131 - $79,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,917  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,750  
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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$27,856 - $76,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $25.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36 - $10.64  
Overtime
$14.74 - $39.51  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,917  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,750  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$27,856 - $76,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 849
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Plant Manager of Manufacturing, where median compensation is $81K annually. Operations Managers or Manufacturing Production Managers are common next-step roles for Production & Operating Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Operations Managers is $11K higher on average, and it's $14K higher for Manufacturing Production Managers.

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


Production & Operating Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Operations Management, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training, Team Leadership, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those proficient in Leadership are, more often than not, 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.


Production & Operating Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Production & Operating Managers see a median salary of $52K after reaching 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 $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production & Operating Managers, New York provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Production & Operating Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Production & Operating Manager's salary, with Pittsburgh Production & Operating Managers earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Employers in Orlando and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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 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
$48,000



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

People Management
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Leadership
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Microsoft Excel
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Production Management
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$48,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 491 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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