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Working as a Paper Machine Supervisor

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a paper machine supervisor. For example, did you know that they make an average of $62.59 an hour? That's $130,186 a year!

What Does a Paper Machine Supervisor Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a paper machine supervisor, we found that a lot of resumes listed 25.5% of paper machine supervisors included stock prep, while 23.1% of resumes included daily safety, and 19.0% of resumes included safety meetings. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the paper machine supervisor job title. But what industry to start with? Most paper machine supervisors actually find jobs in the manufacturing and retail industries.

How To Become a Paper Machine Supervisor

If you're interested in becoming a paper machine supervisor, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 46.4% of paper machine supervisors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 14.3% of paper machine supervisors have master's degrees. Even though most paper machine supervisors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a paper machine supervisor. When we researched the most common majors for a paper machine supervisor, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on paper machine supervisor resumes include high school diploma degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a paper machine supervisor. In fact, many paper machine supervisor jobs require experience in a role such as shift supervisor. Meanwhile, many paper machine supervisors also have previous career experience in roles such as process engineer or paper machine operator.

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Average Salary$130,186

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Average Salary for a Paper Machine Supervisor

Paper Machine Supervisors in America make an average salary of $130,186 per year or $63 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $152,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $111,000 per year.
Average Salary
$130,186

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Providence, RI
Salary Range110k - 163k$134k$134,047
Wausau, WI
Salary Range109k - 162k$134k$133,739
Boston, MA
Salary Range107k - 156k$130k$130,116
Portland, OR
Salary Range103k - 145k$123k$122,700
Tulsa, OK
Salary Range96k - 145k$119k$118,864
Detroit, MI
Salary Range95k - 146k$118k$118,239
$92k
$163k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Paper Machine Superintendent/Paper Industry
Paper Machine Superintendent/Paper Industry
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4030
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4030
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$110,00001/29/2021
$110,000
Paper Machine Supervisors
Paper Machine Supervisors
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4102
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4102
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$110,00001/29/2021
$110,000
Paper Machine Superintendent
Paper Machine Superintendent
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4159
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4159
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$130,00001/29/2021
$130,000
Paper Machine Superintendent
Paper Machine Superintendent
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4159
Austin Allen Company, LLC 4159
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$130,00001/29/2021
$130,000
Paper Machine Supervisor
Paper Machine Supervisor
Tatum By Randstad
Tatum By Randstad
12/29/2020
12/29/2020
$85,00012/29/2020
$85,000
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Paper Machine Supervisor Demographics

Gender

male

76.1 %

female

23.9 %

Ethnicity

White

69.8 %

Hispanic or Latino

12.3 %

Black or African American

11.7 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

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Paper Machine Supervisor Education

Majors

Business
17.2 %

Degrees

Bachelors

46.4 %

Associate

17.9 %

High School Diploma

14.3 %

Top Colleges for Paper Machine Supervisors

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME • Public

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

5. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

6. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

7. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

8. Villanova University

Villanova, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

10. Bentley University

Waltham, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$49,880
Enrollment
4,177
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Best States For a Paper Machine Supervisor

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a paper machine supervisor. The best states for people in this position are Washington, Wyoming, Vermont, and New Jersey. Paper machine supervisors make the most in Washington with an average salary of $149,595. Whereas in Wyoming and Vermont, they would average $142,436 and $141,453, respectively. While paper machine supervisors would only make an average of $140,554 in New Jersey, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Maine

Total Paper Machine Supervisor Jobs:
166
Highest 10% Earn:
$189,000
Location Quotient:
1.33
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. New Jersey

Total Paper Machine Supervisor Jobs:
1,337
Highest 10% Earn:
$209,000
Location Quotient:
1.37
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Wyoming

Total Paper Machine Supervisor Jobs:
56
Highest 10% Earn:
$199,000
Location Quotient:
1.02
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Paper Machine Supervisor Employers

1. Boise Cascade
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$78,426
Paper Machine Supervisors Hired: 
6+
2. Boise
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$59,209
Paper Machine Supervisors Hired: 
5+
3. Packaging Corporation of America
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$103,663
Paper Machine Supervisors Hired: 
4+
4. Sappi North America
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$130,867
Paper Machine Supervisors Hired: 
4+
5. Georgia-Pacific
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$112,112
Paper Machine Supervisors Hired: 
3+
6. Glatfelter
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$140,173
Paper Machine Supervisors Hired: 
2+
Updated October 2, 2020