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Working As An Unit Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Unit Manager Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become An Unit Manager

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Unit Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

52.8%

Male

37.8%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.6%

French

8.5%

German

4.6%

Italian

4.3%

Russian

3.2%

Carrier

2.5%

Chinese

2.1%

Portuguese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Mandarin

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Romanian

0.7%

Hungarian

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%
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Unit Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

30.2%

Walden University

6.8%

Kaplan University

5.7%

Excelsior College

5.5%

Grand Canyon University

5.5%

Strayer University

4.3%

Capella University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.6%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

3.5%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.3%

Kent State University

3.1%

Troy University

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

Ashford University

2.9%

Webster University

2.6%

South University

2.6%

Wilmington University

2.6%

Michigan State University

2.6%

University of South Florida

2.6%

Pennsylvania State University

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

39.1%

Business

22.9%

Management

4.4%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Accounting

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Finance

2.5%

Education

2.3%

Marketing

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Nursing Science

1.5%

Social Work

1.4%

General Studies

1.2%

Nursing Assistants

1.2%

Sociology

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Computer Science

1.1%

Political Science

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.4%

Other

18.9%

Masters

17.8%

Associate

17.0%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

2.2%

License

2.0%

Doctorate

1.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$73,000
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$42,000
Min 10%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
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$73,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$126,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Worcester, MA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Unit Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Unit Manager in the United States is $73,679 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Unit Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief ROV Specialist Group Remote Service Unit Manager McDermott, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 25, 2016 $240,000
Foreign Exchange Derivatives Unit Manager Remate (USA) Inc. New York, NY Feb 04, 2013 $200,000
Foreign Exchange Derivatives Unit Manager Remate (USA) Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $200,000
Product Unit Manager Microsoft Corporation Palo Alto, CA Jan 01, 2012 $190,410
Product Unit Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2010 $180,000
Product Unit Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2010 $173,500
Hot Roll Manufacturing Unit Manager Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC Ravenswood, WV Oct 01, 2012 $153,381
Unit Manager Sherwin Alumina Gregory, TX Oct 01, 2011 $118,000
Senior Unit Manager Infosys BPO Limited Lisle, IL Sep 01, 2011 $109,658 -
$309,658
Unit Manager, Availability Source Optimization Amadeus North America, Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 13, 2014 $94,910 -
$118,893
Autonomous Production Unit (UAP) Manager Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC Sterling Heights, MI May 09, 2016 $93,954
Autonomous Production Unit (UAP) Manager Faurecia Emissions Control Systems Na, LLC Louisville, KY Jul 29, 2015 $88,000 -
$94,000
Unit Manager I The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Nov 07, 2014 $87,780
Unit Manager I The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Nov 08, 2014 $87,780
Subacute Care Unit Manager NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville Hyattsville, MD Dec 26, 2013 $70,907
MCC Unit Manager Lan Cargo S.A. Miami, FL Feb 20, 2013 $70,720
Interlines Unit Manager Lan Cargo S.A. Miami, FL May 05, 2015 $70,000
Subacute Care Unit Manager NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville Hyattsville, MD Oct 01, 2012 $69,742
Subacute Care Unit Manager Heritage Care, Inc. Annapolis, MD Nov 14, 2011 $69,638
Subacute Care Unit Manager NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville Hyattsville, MD Sep 22, 2012 $69,638
Subacute Care Unit Manager NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville Hyattsville, MD Oct 31, 2012 $69,389
Environmental/Water Quality Technical Unit Manager Washington State Department of Ecology Yakima, WA Sep 24, 2012 $62,964 -
$65,000
Environmental/Water Quality Technical Unit MGR Department of Ecology Yakima, WA May 24, 2012 $62,964 -
$65,000
HCC Planning Unit Manager Lan Cargo, S.A. Miami, FL Jul 18, 2016 $61,800
Sub Acute Unit Manager Chase Care Center El Cajon, CA Nov 19, 2009 $61,651
Environmental/Water Quality Technical Unit Manager Washington State Department of Ecology Yakima, WA Sep 24, 2015 $61,080 -
$65,000
Environmental/Water Quality Technical Unit Manager Washington State Department of Ecology Yakima, WA Sep 24, 2012 $61,080 -
$65,000
Unit Care Manager Eldorado Care Center, LLC. El Cajon, CA Jan 28, 2011 $61,027
Clinical Unit Manager V.S.R.S. Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,502

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Top Skills for An Unit Manager

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  2. Procedures
  3. Customer Service
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  • Schedule regular meeting with direct report staff to provide supervision, ensure communication and to monitor facility operations.
  • Formulated and audited effectiveness of customized client procedures.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Developed individual treatment plans and prepared progress reports for placing agencies.
  • Monitored progresses of staff under direct supervision and prepared performance evaluations.

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