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Manufacturing Manager Salary

Manufacturing Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $81K per year, but may range from $52K to $120K per year. Overall cash earnings for Manufacturing Managers stretch from $52K on the lower end to $120K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,662 - $111,630
(Median)
$53K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,375
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90%

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$15.22 - $36.56
(Median)
$15
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,662 - $111,630  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,215  
Profit Sharing
$731 - $10,078  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,087  
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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$52,276 - $120,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $36.56  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $53.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,215  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$731 - $10,078  
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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$52,276 - $120,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Manufacturing Manager

A manufacturing manager is an executive in a company that produces consumer or commercial goods. They work in the production plant itself, ensuring goods are efficiently made and meet the company’s standards. Their normal work environment frequently shifts from offices to the manufacturing floor to warehouses. This manager also helps diagnose any customer concerns brought to their attention by the customer service department; they also help implement new products and designs from the company's development department(s).

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Manufacturing Manager Tasks

  • Review processing schedules and production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements and staffing requirements.
  • Manage and coordinate production and processing activities of industrial organization.
  • Initiate and coordinate inventory and cost control programs.
  • Review operations and confer with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Manager


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As Manufacturing Managers transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Operations, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Operations earn $122K on average per year. The most common career progression for Manufacturing Managers leads to becoming a Plant Manager of Manufacturing, where pay is typically $81K. However, many Manufacturing Managers also opt to become Manufacturing Directors, a position that pays $121K on average.

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Popular Skills for Manufacturing Manager


Manufacturing Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Those listing SolidWorks as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Scheduling and Quality Assurance / Quality Control also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Lean Manufacturing also know Production Management and Manufacturing Process Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Manager

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


For many Manufacturing Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $67K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $78K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Manufacturing Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Manufacturing Managers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Portland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Manufacturing Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+6 percent), Houston (+5 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). Manufacturing Managers looking to maximize their salary may want to steer clear of the Midwest, where three of the lowest-paying cities in the field — Columbus, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis — are located. Employers pay around 27 percent less in Minneapolis and 17 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Manager Salaries



National Average
$84,000



Skills That Affect Manufacturing Manager Salaries



Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$84,000

Production Management
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 15%

Scheduling
up arrow 17%

SolidWorks
up arrow 44%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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