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Manufacturing Manager Salary

Just under two-thirds of Manufacturing Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $52K to $120K per year, but median earnings come to around $81K annually. Total cash compensation for Manufacturing Managers runs from $52K to $120K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Manufacturing Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$52,758 - $111,389
(Median)
$53K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,201
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50%
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
$52,758 - $111,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,146  
Profit Sharing
$727 - $9,978  
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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$52,352 - $120,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,265
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
$21.93 - $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 - $15,146  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$727 - $9,978  
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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$52,352 - $120,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 promotion for Manufacturing Managers is a Plant Manager of Manufacturing position, which usually brings in $81K a year. Another standard transition for Manufacturing Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Manufacturing Director role, where pay is often $121K.

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Popular Skills for Manufacturing Manager


Manufacturing Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 7 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. Most people 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 Manufacturing Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $79K. Manufacturing Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $90K. Manufacturing Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Manufacturing Managers, 14 percent above the national average. Manufacturing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+7 percent), San Jose (+6 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). For Manufacturing Managers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — Columbus, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Indianapolis (27 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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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 1%

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 275 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%
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