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

Earnings for Operating Managers in the United States typically come in at around $47,175 per year. Pay begins at $28,035 on the low end and climbs to $75,820 per year near the top. The final incomes of Operating Managers vary between $28,035 and $75,820; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $6,981, $4,942, and $12,108, respectively. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Operating Managers are men (77 percent). Most Operating Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of 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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$10.40 - $24.43
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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  
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  
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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Operating Managers. At the upper end, those who move into a Manufacturing Plant Manager role can bring in an extra $33K per year. Operating Managers typically move into roles as Operations Managers or Manufacturing Production Managers, where they can expect an extra $11,138 or $14,280 per year.

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

Operating Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training, Team Leadership, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those educated in Leadership tend to be well-versed 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.
Operating Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Beginning workers can expect to earn $39,584 starting out, which grows to $46K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $53K after 10 to 20 years. Operating Managers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $57K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Operating Managers report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Cleveland
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National Average
$47,000
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Professionals in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—the three largest American cities—enjoy a comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. 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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 612 votes.

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%