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Working As A Line Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Line Manager Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Line Manager

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Average Length of Employment
Section Manager 4.4 years
Divisional Manager 4.3 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Line Manager 4.0 years
Area Manager 3.9 years
Line Supervisor 3.6 years
Top Careers Before Line Manager
Manager 11.0%
Cashier 7.0%
Supervisor 6.6%
Internship 3.0%
Owner 2.6%
Top Careers After Line Manager
Manager 8.6%
Cashier 4.8%
Owner 3.3%
Supervisor 2.9%

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Line Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

58.5%

Female

33.2%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

French

10.2%

German

8.8%

Portuguese

4.8%

Carrier

4.1%

Italian

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Polish

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Mandarin

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Swedish

2.0%

Turkish

1.4%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Danish

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Norwegian

0.7%

Dari

0.7%
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Line Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

30.2%

Community College of the Air Force

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Purdue University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Ashford University

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.1%

George Washington University

3.1%

Texas State University

3.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.1%

University of Cincinnati

2.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%

Florida State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

41.8%

Management

7.1%

Marketing

5.1%

Accounting

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Finance

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Computer Science

3.3%

General Studies

3.1%

Psychology

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Nursing

2.5%

Political Science

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Biology

1.8%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Other

24.3%

Masters

16.2%

Associate

11.8%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.8%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$45,000
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$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Line Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Line Manager in the United States is $78,000 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Line Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Line Manager The Vanguard Group Malvern, PA Jul 01, 2012 $241,917
Line Manager The Vanguard Group Malvern, PA Jul 01, 2014 $214,596
Senior Line Manager The Vanguard Group Malvern, PA Nov 25, 2015 $170,617
Service Line Manager Akamai Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2016 $169,000 -
$179,800
Service Line Manager Akamai Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2016 $169,000 -
$179,800
Service Line Manager McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Houston, TX Jan 25, 2010 $167,398
Commodity Manager, Mechanical Supply Line Manager Lab126 Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2010 $141,500
Business Line Manager-Fluid Control Services FMC Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 19, 2016 $138,403 -
$159,200
Business Line Manager III TD Bank, National Association Cherry Hill, NJ Oct 19, 2016 $135,000
Manager, On-Line Sales Nancy's Beauty Warehouse Huntington Park, CA Oct 26, 2016 $125,299
Service Line Manager Cameron International Corporation Houston, TX Aug 09, 2016 $125,000
Credit Line Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. Islandia, NY Aug 17, 2015 $125,000
Service Line Manager Akamai Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 23, 2016 $120,000 -
$165,000
Production Line Manager Nexius Solutions Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 08, 2012 $98,500
Foam Pour Line Manager Sleep Innovations Inc. Brenham, TX Mar 30, 2015 $97,739
Foam Pour Line Manager Innocor Foam Technologies, LLC Brenham, TX Feb 18, 2015 $94,796
Line Manager-Greece, Turkey, Black SEA, Eastern Mediterranean and Africa Trade Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. New York, NY Feb 10, 2015 $93,579
Foam Pour Line Manager Sleep Innovations, Inc. Brenham, TX Mar 12, 2012 $85,093 -
$95,256
Business Line Manager NYSE Market, Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2014 $84,200 -
$105,060
Line Manager/Business Development, West Mediterran Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. New York, NY Mar 15, 2010 $80,000
Evisceration Line Manager Twin Cities Pack, Inc. Clinton, WI Jun 01, 2010 $55,786
First-Line Manager of Office Natural Aesthetic Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 09, 2012 $54,891
Line Manager-Bahamas Trade Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. New York, NY Feb 22, 2014 $52,500
Line Manager, Bahamas Trade Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2013 $52,300
First-Line Managers of Office & Administrative Support Workers L.G. Gatus Medical Group Los Angeles, CA Nov 18, 2009 $51,445
Line Manager BMT Operations LLC New York, NY Dec 20, 2011 $50,000
Line Manager BMT Operations LLC New York, NY Dec 31, 2011 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Line Manager

  1. Customer Service
  2. ISO
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Planned and executed processes including policies and procedures for an improved customer service experience.
  • Staff Development - Provided the training and mentoring that contributed to an individual receiving a promotion to supervisory position.
  • Keep up-to-date production, downtime, changeover, preventative maintenance, training and other records; ensure compliance with FDA inspections.
  • Make decisions regarding employment, performance reviews, training and development and salary recommendations.
  • Managed all aspects of the Personal Lines Department including personnel and profitability within the department.

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