First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers Salary
Production & Operating Managers in the United States can expect wages of $55K annually on average. In the world of Production & Operating Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $27K and $76K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Slightly more than a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. 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. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Ideally, a first-line supervisor has previous supervisory experience in a manufacturing or production field; typically, three to five years is preferred. In addition, a bachelor’s degree in management, engineering, business, or a related field may be necessary. The first-line supervisor also needs excellent communication skills and experience with spreadsheets and data. The production environment is fast-paced, so a first-line supervisor should be able to keep up and relate to employees well.
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
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 $82K annually. Going from Production & Operating Manager to Operations Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $59K. Many others choose to work as Administrative Support Managers, where pay is typically $41K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers
United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Production & Operating Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Tyson Foods, Inc. — the median salary there is $50K.
Offering a median of only $32K, Sodexo, Inc. pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $25K on the lower end and $53K on the higher end.
Popular Skills for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Production and Operating Workers
Survey results imply that Production & Operating Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Equipment Maintenance, Project Management, Operations Management, and Safety Compliance 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 Problem Solving also typically command lower compensation. Most people 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
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 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 $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $58K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
For Production & Operating Managers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Production & Operating Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Louisville (+17 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and San Antonio (+11 percent). Production & Operating Managers in Chicago report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Omaha and Richmond are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 24 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.