The average Manufacturing Production Lead in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.62 per hour. Total cash compensation to Manufacturing Production Leads bottoms out near $27K and approaches $59K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Manufacturing Production Leads greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Manufacturing Production Leads. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,158 - $98,794
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$99K
MEDIAN: $49,939
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$12.14 - $22.72
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,158 - $98,794  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,677  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$27,063 - $59,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $22.72  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $33.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,677  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$27,063 - $59,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 585
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Job Description for Production Lead, Manufacturing

Manufacturing production leads are responsible for a variety of tasks including planning, scheduling, and helping resolve production issues. Their main objective is to ensure that all production projects are completed in a timely manner and stay within budget. In the manufacturing environment, the production lead supervises the entire production line. They handle scheduling and oversee floor operations, monitoring the performance of production workers, verifying product quality, handling scheduling, and tracking key performance metrics (such as those related to quality and efficiency).

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Production Lead, Manufacturing Tasks

  • Act as department communicator during status meetings, management updates, and staff shift changes.
  • Perform manufacturing processes to aid in fulfillment of production timeline and goals.
  • Lead, train, and coach manufacturing staff to ensure requirements are met for production, fulfillment, and employee safety.
  • Organize shift schedules; track and report daily metrics.

Common Career Paths for Production Lead, Manufacturing


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While not commonly seen, Manufacturing Production Leads who transition into a Plant Manager of Manufacturing position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Plant Managers of Manufacturing is $82K per year. Manufacturing Production Leads most often move into positions as Production Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Lead, Manufacturing


Survey takers working as Manufacturing Production Leads report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Inventory Control, Scheduling, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those educated in Machine Operation tend to be well versed in Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Lead, Manufacturing

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


Manufacturing Production Leads do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. Manufacturing Production Leads bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Manufacturing Production Leads with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $49K.

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What is it like working as a Production Lead, Manufacturing?

Production Lead, Manufacturing in Longmont:
"Coordination And Supervision."
Pros: General challenge to meet daily output goals and shipment deadlines. Working together with other affiliated departments to improve efficiency and maximum output. Having the opportunity to have significant impact on the company's daily success.
Cons: Taking heat from high superiors when issues or problems occur that effect the output. Amount of mandatory overtime. Disorganization, lack of preparing for high volume seasons,

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Experience Affects Production Lead, Manufacturing Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Production Lead, Manufacturing Salaries

Inventory Control
up arrow 25%

Scheduling
up arrow 20%

Operations Management
up arrow 19%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 15%



Production Management
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 1%

Team Leadership
0%

National Average
$39,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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