General Foreman, Manufacturing Production Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, General Manufacturing Foremen earn an average of $19.64 per hour. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $32K and hits $89K on the high end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of General Manufacturing Foremen claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,032 - $95,404
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$40K
$61K
$95K
MEDIAN: $60,506
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$13.35 - $30.49
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$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,032 - $95,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,105  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,887  
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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$32,234 - $89,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $30.49  
   
Overtime
$15.49 - $44.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,105  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,887  
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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$32,234 - $89,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 205
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Job Description for General Foreman, Manufacturing Production

General foremen in manufacturing production oversee production lines to ensure that they are functioning properly, which includes overseeing employees and ensuring that production quotas are met.

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General Foreman, Manufacturing Production Tasks

  • Monitor budget and utilize operational resources, participate in safety program development.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of production staff.
  • Coordinate maintenance and repair of machines to avoid downtime and delays, ensure production process and machinery are in compliance with customer specifications and professional and safety standards.
  • Oversee day-to-day production schedules, operational and plant activities.
  • Review engineering recommended process changes to ensure process is appropriate with operating goals.

Common Career Paths for General Foreman, Manufacturing Production


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There are some General Manufacturing Foremen — though it's uncommon — that transition into Plant Managers of Manufacturing, where earnings are an average $81K annually. General Manufacturing Foremen moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Manufacturing Production Managers or Operations Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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General Manufacturing Foremen usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, People Management, and Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 21 percent, and 20 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for General Foreman, Manufacturing Production

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for General Manufacturing Foremen — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, General Manufacturing Foremen see a median income of $43K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Manufacturing Foremen make a median salary of $56K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $62K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects General Foreman, Manufacturing Production Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect General Foreman, Manufacturing Production Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 37%

People Management
up arrow 21%

Welding
up arrow 20%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 6%

National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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