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Working As a Manufacturing Planner

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Planner Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Manufacturing Planner

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Manufacturing Planner Career Paths

Manufacturing Planner
Manufacturing Engineer Production Supervisor Production Manager
Senior Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Production Manager Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Planner Buyer Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Planner Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Planner Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Production Supervisor Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Production Supervisor Manufacturing Manager
Value Stream Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Department Manager Inventory Control Manager
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Purchasing Agent Logistics Coordinator
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Purchasing Agent Supply Chain Analyst
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Scheduler Planning Manager Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Planner/Scheduler 4.4 years
Material Scheduler 4.4 years
Production Planner 4.2 years
Master Scheduler 4.2 years
Planner/Buyer 4.0 years
Master Planner 3.7 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Service Planner 3.7 years
Product Planner 3.6 years
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Planner
Planner 9.8%
Buyer 7.9%
Machinist 2.4%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Planner
Planner 7.2%
Buyer 6.2%
Scheduler 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$50,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Ball
Highest Paying City
Pleasanton, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Manufacturing Planner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Planner in the United States is $65,864 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $86,000.

Real Manufacturing Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Planner/Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Mar 15, 2013 $93,915
Manufacturing Planner/Engineer (Aerospace) CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Sep 13, 2010 $89,741
Manufacturing Planner-Blending Process Manufacturing Coordin Infineum USA Inc. Linden, NJ Aug 27, 2016 $86,100
Manufacturing Planner Infineum USA Inc. Linden, NJ Sep 05, 2015 $83,000
Manufacturing Planner Cardinal Health Waukegan, IL Jun 22, 2016 $82,400 -
$97,000
Contract Manufacturing Planner Avon Products, Inc. New York, NY Nov 15, 2010 $80,000
Custom Manufacturing Planner Reckitt Benckiser LLC Mechanicsburg, PA Apr 29, 2015 $68,000
Manufacturing Planner Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Jan 09, 2016 $66,950
Planner, Manufacturing Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 10, 2014 $61,500
Subsea Manufacturing Planner Schlumberger Technology Corporation Rosharon, TX Apr 03, 2012 $60,882 -
$72,000
Custom Manufacturing Planner Reckitt Benckiser LLC Mechanicsburg, PA Mar 31, 2014 $60,000
Subsea Manufacturing Planner Schlumberger Technology Corporation Rosharon, TX Sep 24, 2011 $59,654 -
$69,012
Planner, Manufacturing Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 17, 2014 $58,614
Custom Manufacturing Planner (Manufacturing Engineer) Reckitt Benckiser LLC Mechanicsburg, PA Aug 25, 2016 $58,580
Manufacturing Planner Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH Jan 09, 2016 $55,000 -
$91,900
Planner, Manufacturing Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 10, 2015 $54,400

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Planner

  1. Delivery Requirements
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Production Schedules
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Optimize the balance between customer delivery requirements and inventory levels.
  • Generated, monitored and expedited purchase orders.
  • Coordinated with engineering and production teams to establish production schedules and capacity requirements when new revisions or models were introduced.
  • Create Part Number entries, BOM, FAI Planning, Production Planning & Rework Planning for detail parts and Assemblies.
  • Promoted to support central manufacturing commodity work centers for production control planning, scheduling, and inventory control.

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Top 10 Best States for Manufacturing Planners

  1. Rhode Island
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Oregon
  4. Connecticut
  5. Washington
  6. Maine
  7. Idaho
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Nevada
  10. West Virginia
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Manufacturing Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

62.3%

Female

29.1%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Asian

9.5%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Chinese

11.4%

French

11.4%

Vietnamese

5.7%

Cantonese

5.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

German

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Manufacturing Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Wichita State University

8.9%

San Jose State University

6.7%

Everett Community College

5.9%

Friends University

5.9%

El Camino College

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

Southwestern College

4.4%

Cerritos College

4.4%

Oregon Institute of Technology

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Washington

3.7%

Edmonds Community College

3.7%

Green River Community College

3.7%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.7%

Western Washington University

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

3.7%

Ball State University

3.7%

Colorado Technical University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

39.9%

Management

6.4%

Industrial Technology

6.0%

Accounting

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.8%

Supply Chain Management

3.6%

Drafting And Design

3.0%

Computer Science

2.8%

Operations Management

2.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Industrial Engineering

2.4%

Engineering Technology

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

General Studies

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Other

21.6%

Masters

16.2%

Associate

13.1%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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