Most plant managers list "continuous improvement," "customer service," and "safety program" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important plant manager responsibilities here:
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We've found that 63.0% of plant managers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 10.9% earned their master's degrees before becoming a plant manager. While it's true that most plant managers have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every seven plant managers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those plant managers who do attend college, typically earn either a business degree or a mechanical engineering degree. Less commonly earned degrees for plant managers include a management degree or a industrial engineering degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a plant manager. We've found that most plant manager resumes include experience from GPAC, Oldcastle Infrastructure, and Parker Hannifin. Of recent, GPAC had 78 positions open for plant managers. Meanwhile, there are 26 job openings at Oldcastle Infrastructure and 18 at Parker Hannifin.
If you're interested in companies where plant managers make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Koch Industries, Koppers, and Pacifi. We found that at Koch Industries, the average plant manager salary is $137,785. Whereas at Koppers, plant managers earn roughly $137,248. And at Pacifi, they make an average salary of $134,015.
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Some other companies you might be interested in as a plant manager include General Electric, Johnson Controls, and Intel. These three companies were found to hire the most plant managers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
For the most part, plant managers make their living in the manufacturing and construction industries. Plant managers tend to make the most in the finance industry with an average salary of $102,077. The plant manager annual salary in the automotive and manufacturing industries generally make $101,177 and $97,672 respectively. Additionally, plant managers who work in the finance industry make 10.6% more than plant managers in the retail Industry.