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

Salaries for Operating Managers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $47,175 annually. Compensation starts at $28,035 and can reach $75,820 per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into overall incomes for Operating Managers. Ranging between $34,706 near the bottom and $77,931 near the top, total earnings can include up to $6,981 from bonuses and up to $4,942 from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $12,108. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Operating Managers. The majority of Operating Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Operating Managers may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Manufacturing Plant Manager may bring in a lot more money — an additional $33K annually. Operations Managers or Manufacturing Production Managers are common next-step roles for Operating Managers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $11,138 or $14,280, respectively.

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

Survey results imply that Operating Managers put a diverse skill set to use. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Though starting salaries approximate $39,584, they climb to $46K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $53K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Operating Managers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $57K. Operating Managers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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Cleveland
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National Average
$47,000
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Baltimore
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Individuals in search of higher pay head to America's three biggest cities. Perhaps not surprisingly, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago all offer salaries above the national rate. In Columbus, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Baltimore (-8 percent and -7 percent, respectively).

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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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Production Management
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$47,000
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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