Men make up the majority of Production Foremans in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.90 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $19K, respectively — total cash payment to Production Foremans can bottom out near $34K or peak near $98K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,736 - $106,216
(Median)
$43K
$64K
$110K
MEDIAN: $63,980
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$14.45 - $27.35
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,736 - $106,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,248  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,392  
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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$33,698 - $97,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $27.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$20.19 - $38.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,392  
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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$33,698 - $97,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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Job Description for Production Foreman

A production foreman is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities in a manufacturing or industrial plant environment. They must manage their own time - and that of others - to ensure that quotas and other requirements are met; they are also responsible for motivating, developing, and leading associates and subordinates.

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Production Foreman Tasks

  • Maintenance and enhancement of existing properties.
  • Train employees, plan, assign and direct work.
  • Evaluate and optimize production, diagnosing problems and surveillance.
  • Oversee on site field operations including installation, operation and maintenance of production facilities.

Common Career Paths for Production Foreman


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Though some Production Foremans move into positions like Plant Manager of Manufacturing (where the average salary is $82K), this progression is not the norm. Many Production Foremans advance into roles as Manufacturing Production Supervisors or General Manufacturing Foremen, but the median salaries are $1K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Foreman


Production Foremans seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Production Management, Operations Management, Production Support, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Welding and People Management. Most people familiar with Production Support also know Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Foreman

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Production Foremans — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $51K. Production Foremans claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $61K.

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Experience Affects Production Foreman Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Production Foreman Salaries

Production Management
up arrow 8%

Operations Management
up arrow 7%

Production Support
0%

Leadership
0%

National Average
$52,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Welding
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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