Most production supervisors list "lean manufacturing," "safety procedures," and "production schedules" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important production supervisor responsibilities here:
Before becoming a production supervisor, 53.9% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 5.6% production supervisors went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most production supervisors have a college degree. But about one out of every six production supervisors didn't attend college at all.
Those production supervisors who do attend college, typically earn either a business degree or a management degree. Less commonly earned degrees for production supervisors include a electrical engineering degree or a mechanical engineering degree.
When you're ready to become a production supervisor, you might wonder which companies hire production supervisors. According to our research through production supervisor resumes, production supervisors are mostly hired by Lehigh Hanson, WestRock, and Verano. Now is a good time to apply as Lehigh Hanson has 115 production supervisors job openings, and there are 71 at WestRock and 65 at Verano.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, production supervisors tend to earn the biggest salaries at Intuitive Surgical, ResMed, and ConocoPhillips. Take Intuitive Surgical for example. The median production supervisor salary is $116,202. At ResMed, production supervisors earn an average of $115,601, while the average at ConocoPhillips is $109,260. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
We also looked into companies who hire production supervisors from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include General Motors, Ford Motor, and Cargill.
In general, production supervisors fulfill roles in the manufacturing and professional industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the production supervisor annual salary is the highest in the automotive industry with $77,082 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the technology and manufacturing industries pay $67,905 and $66,116 respectively. This means that production supervisors who are employed in the automotive industry make 9.3% more than production supervisors who work in the retail Industry.