An average Production Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $55K annually. Incomes of Production Managers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $13K cause paychecks to spread between $33K on the low end and $85K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Production Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 68 percent of Production Managers are male. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over a half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,574 - $83,206
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,888
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90%

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$13.17 - $28.06
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,574 - $83,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,508  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,087  
Commission
$7,500  
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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$33,196 - $84,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $28.06  
   
Overtime
$19.54 - $45.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,508  
   
Commission
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,087  
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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$33,196 - $84,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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Job Description for Production Manager, (Unspecified Type)

A production manager (of the unspecified type) is responsible to supervising, motivating, and supporting their staff on a daily basis. A production manager must plan, schedule, strategize, and oversee production activities while remaining cost effective. The production manager is critical to overall customer satisfaction and must communicate effectively with clients; additionally, they must use a team-focused approach to maintain excellent communication with their staff. A production manager must meet their department's production and customer satisfaction goals. Their responsibilities also include effectively communicating with the general manager/owner and the sales/production teams, giving regular updates to make sure that production, sales, and customers’ needs are met.

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Production Manager, (Unspecified Type) Tasks

  • Manage project quality control, and facilitate communication with directors, workers, and other project teams to prevent errors.
  • Calculate costs associated with the project, including materials and wages, and ensure the project stays within budget.
  • Oversee the ordering and delivery of materials and equipment, track inventory, and maintain purchase records.
  • Coordinate and direct the completion of a project, develop production schedules, and ensure work is completed on time.
  • Supervise project staffing, assign tasks, and evaluate the performance of employees.

Common Career Paths for Production Manager, (Unspecified Type)


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It's not very common for Production Managers to move on to become Operations Directors. Average pay for an Operations Director is $84K annually. Becoming a Manufacturing Production Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Production Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $62K. Another frequent advance is for Production Managers to assume a Print Production Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $51K.

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Popular Skills for Production Manager, (Unspecified Type)


Production Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Product Development, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 22 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know People Management are also skilled in Project Management and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Manager, (Unspecified Type)

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


For Production Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $56K. On average, Production Managers make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Production Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,562

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Production Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+29 percent), Washington (+24 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and San Diego (+21 percent). Smaller cities are not ideal for Production Managers looking to maximize their earnings. Those in Columbus, Denver, and Portland — the lowest-paid cities for Production Managers in the field — deal with compensation below the national average and all have fewer than a million residents. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Denver and 11 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Production Manager, (Unspecified Type) Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Production Manager, (Unspecified Type) Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 35%

Product Development
up arrow 22%

Scheduling
up arrow 14%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Leadership
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Production Management
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 13%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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