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Working As A Production 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

  • $63,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Production 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.


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 Production Manager

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


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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Production Manager Career Paths

Production Manager
Account Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Vice President & General Manager
President And General Manager
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Account Manager District Manager
Regional General Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Service Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Business Unit Manager
Site Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Assistant Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Production Manager Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Carrier

  • Polish

  • Hebrew

  • Dakota

  • Vietnamese

  • Thai

  • Croatian

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Real Production Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
LNG Production Manager Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Jul 13, 2015 $285,000
Production Manager Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Oct 26, 2015 $285,000
LNG Production Manager Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Jul 20, 2015 $240,000
Production Manager SEM Operating Company LLC Tyler, TX Sep 25, 2015 $171,780
Regulatory Reporting Production Manager MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Los Angeles, CA Apr 06, 2015 $155,000
Production Manager (Photo/Video) Susan Vessio, Inc. DBA Geared Graphix Garden City, NY Feb 04, 2015 $148,200
Production Manager Yuma Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 20, 2015 $146,500
Production Manager Ethosenergy Light Turbines, LLC Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $146,474
Production Manager Ethosenergy Light Turbines, LLC Houston, TX Jul 03, 2016 $146,474
Production Manager Vibrant Sciences LLC San Carlos, CA Jul 11, 2016 $140,000
Procurement and Production Manager Northstar Ceramic Trading, LLC Dallas, TX Apr 03, 2015 $137,821
Production Manager, Corona Sunsets SFX Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $137,000
Production Manager Tungsten Heavy Powder, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 14, 2015 $135,000
Principle Market Production Manager Vodafone Us Inc. New York, NY Jul 24, 2015 $135,000
Production Manager 4Step Communications, Inc. Franklin, TN Feb 04, 2015 $94,432 -
Production Manager Recaro Aircraft Seating Americas, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Apr 27, 2015 $93,787
Production Manager National Oilwell Varco, L.P. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2015 $93,704
Production Manager Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc. Ocala, FL Sep 11, 2015 $92,800 -
Production Manager Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc. Ocala, FL Sep 05, 2015 $92,800 -
Production Manager Justfabulous, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jul 25, 2016 $92,352
Production Manager--ASR Batteries Plus, LLC Hartland, WI Jul 05, 2016 $92,129
Production Manager Mystic, Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $92,000
Theatre Production Manager The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2016 $76,000
New Production Introduction & Technoloby Manager Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare L.P. Durham, NY Jun 13, 2015 $76,000 -
Theatre Production Manager The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Dec 09, 2016 $76,000
Production Manager Boiling Point Media Oklahoma City, OK Jun 25, 2015 $75,920
Logistics & Production Manager Tigre-Ads USA Inc. Janesville, WI Jul 20, 2015 $75,483
Production Manager Amneal Pharmaceuticals of Ny LLC Brookhaven, NY Sep 14, 2016 $75,400
Production Manager North Six, Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $75,000
Lean Engineering Production Manager Morgan Truck Body LLC Denver, PA May 04, 2015 $75,000 -

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Top Skills for A Production Manager


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Top Production Manager Skills

  1. Safety Training
  2. Production Supervisors
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Establish OSHA compliant safety training program.
  • Monitor, assess, motivate, and manage 55 direct reports including 3 production supervisors continuing their development.
  • Continued implementation of environmental, health and safety procedures.
  • Delivered monthly production, on-time delivery, continuous improvement, and scrap goals as set by executive leadership.
  • Managed and grew a production facility in a sheltered work environment serving 130 adult, developmentally disabled individuals.

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