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

Production & Operating Managers in the United States take home an average $53K annually. Cash earnings of Production & Operating Managers — including $8K in bonuses, $5K in profit sharing proceeds, and $19K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $28K to approximately $79K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — nearly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The majority of Production & Operating Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Production & Operating Managers survey respondents are men (78 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,444 - $81,526
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,444
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$10.79 - $26.01
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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
$35,444 - $81,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,662  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,083  
Commission
$0.00 - $18,907  
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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$28,060 - $78,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,512
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $26.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.55 - $10.34  
Overtime
$15.23 - $41.05  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,662  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $18,907  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,083  
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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$28,060 - $78,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 952
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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. More often than not, an Operations Manager role is the next step for Production & Operating Managers moving up in the field. Operations Managers usually make $59K per year. Many other Production & Operating Managers choose to take on an Administrative Support Manager role, where salaries are typically $41K.

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Although United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $37K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $24K to $88K.

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


Survey takers working as Production & Operating Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Safety Compliance, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Quality Assurance / Quality Control also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Team Leadership are similarly competent in Training. The majority of those who know Leadership also know Operations Management, Training, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. For Production & Operating Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. 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 $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,567

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Production & Operating Managers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Production & Operating Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Kansas City (+11 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (4 percent lower) and Louisville (2 percent lower).

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 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
$49,000



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




Leadership
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People Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Production Management
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$49,000


Problem Solving
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 477 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

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