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.

$35,439 - $81,978
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$35K
$55K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,041
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$10.89 - $25.09
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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
$35,439 - $81,978  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,954  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,115  
Commission
$1,856  
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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$27,310 - $75,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 993
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $25.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43 - $10.79  
Overtime
$16.09 - $37.38  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,954  
   
Commission
$1,856  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,115  
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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$27,310 - $75,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 831
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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 $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

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National Average: $47,702

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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
$48,000


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

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 11%


Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Leadership
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Production Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%


Problem Solving
up arrow 8%

Machine Operation
up arrow 10%

Customer Service
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 318 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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