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Working As A Manufacturing Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Manager Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Duties

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, and research and design.

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How To Become A Manufacturing Manager

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.

Education

Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Average Length of Employment
Plant Manager 5.5 years
Production Manager 4.1 years
Factory Manager 4.1 years
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Manager
Manager 5.2%
Supervisor 3.9%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Manager
Manager 4.0%
Consultant 2.7%
Owner 2.2%

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Manufacturing Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Female

11.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.8%

German

6.6%

Japanese

5.8%

French

5.4%

Chinese

3.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Italian

2.5%

Korean

2.1%

Hindi

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Czech

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Romanian

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Hebrew

0.4%

Hawaiian

0.4%

Ukrainian

0.4%
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Manufacturing Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.4%

Purdue University

6.6%

Northeastern University

5.9%

Villanova University

4.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Auburn University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Clemson University

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%

Iowa State University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.1%

Oklahoma State University

2.8%

Ferris State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

41.1%

Management

7.5%

Mechanical Engineering

6.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Industrial Technology

4.9%

Industrial Engineering

4.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.2%

Finance

3.0%

Operations Management

3.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Accounting

2.3%

Project Management

2.2%

Marketing

2.1%

Chemistry

1.9%

Computer Science

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Biology

1.5%

Supply Chain Management

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Masters

26.6%

Other

18.9%

Associate

7.2%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Manufacturing Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General/Operations Manager-Manufacturing Victor Innovative Textiles, LLC. Fall River, MA Jan 09, 2013 $250,000
Manager, Powertrain Manufacturing Operations Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Aug 25, 2014 $240,000
District Manager, Oil and Gas Production Operations Breitburn Management Company LLC Orcutt, CA Jul 10, 2015 $235,000
Operations Manager-Manufacturing Weatherford International LLC TX Mar 03, 2016 $188,223 -
$198,223
Manufacturing Manager DAL-Tile Corporation Sunnyvale, TX Oct 01, 2015 $185,000
Manufacturing Manager DAL-Tile Corporation Sunnyvale, TX Sep 14, 2015 $180,000
Production Manufacturing Manager Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Dec 17, 2015 $160,326
Manager, APP DEV, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Sep 23, 2016 $153,213 -
$182,400
Yard Manager/Manufacturing Manager Palmer Johnson Yachts, LLC Sturgeon Bay, WI Mar 01, 2013 $150,000
Production Manufacturing Manager Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2013 $145,000 -
$155,000
Manager, Manufacturing Sciences-Purification Bayer Healthcare LLC Berkeley, CA Sep 02, 2014 $143,500
Commodity/Contract Manufacturing Manager Google Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 28, 2014 $143,000
Commodity/Contract Manufacturing Manager Google Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 30, 2015 $143,000
Center Manufacturing Manager Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Jan 24, 2014 $121,000
Manager II, Manufacturing Baxter Healthcare Corporation Round Lake, IL Nov 07, 2015 $121,000
Manufacturing Manager DAL-Tile Corporation Sunnyvale, TX Sep 12, 2014 $120,474 -
$135,000
Contract Manufacturing Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 15, 2014 $120,000
Manufacturing Manager Corning Incorporated Durham, NC Sep 13, 2016 $118,316
LTC and Manufacturing Manager North America Normet Americas Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Nov 15, 2015 $117,000 -
$135,000
Focus Group Manager-Manufacturing Manager Carefusion Resources, LLC El Paso, TX Aug 24, 2016 $116,927
Manager Manufacturing Systems Ventura Foods, LLC Saginaw, TX Nov 10, 2014 $115,000
Manufacturing Manager Jireh America, LLC. Montgomery, AL Aug 05, 2015 $96,824
Manufacturing Manager Jireh America, LLC. Montgomery, AL Nov 13, 2015 $96,824
Commodities Manufacturing Manager Hayward Industries, Inc. Clemmons, NC Apr 01, 2014 $96,332
Manufacturing Manager Guard-All Building Solutions Mfg LLC Dallas, TX Sep 23, 2015 $96,000
Manufacturing Manager Microboards Technology LLC Chanhassen, MN Jan 11, 2016 $95,620
Manufacturing Manager Transmedics, Inc. Andover, MA Sep 22, 2014 $95,000 -
$105,000
Operations Technology Production Manager Motivating Graphics, LLC Fort Worth, TX Sep 05, 2014 $94,500
Manufacturing Manager Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc. Durant, OK Jun 22, 2013 $92,820

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Manufacturing Manager

Average Yearly Salary
$83,000
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$54,000
Min 10%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Morgan Stanley
Highest Paying City
Everett, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Manufacturing Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Manager in the United States is $83,222 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Manager

  1. Safety Program
  2. Production Supervisors
  3. Production Schedules
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support site in implementing safety guidelines for manufacturing including facilitating safety programs and inspections.
  • Managed and Developed seven production supervisors and lead an organization of approximately 100 hourly employees in a union plant.
  • Managed two teams of production planners who devised daily production schedules to meet customer expectations and distribution demands.
  • Accepted managerial responsibility for the build and subsequent set-up of an all-new manufacturing facility in Mexico.
  • Developed and executed successful move to new US headquarters while delivering record-setting volume and maintaining on-time delivery.

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  5. Alabama
  6. Rhode Island
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  8. District of Columbia
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