What does a Manufacturing Manager do?

Manufacturing managers are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the manufacturing process, either for an entire facility or for a specific department. They supervise staff, plan and approve production schedules, approve invoices, and manage budgets. They establish and enforce policies, and ensure all staff are meeting quality standards while also maintaining safe working conditions. They analyze and optimize processes to identify ways to improve efficiency and increase productivity. They may also negotiate with vendors and contractors.

Manufacturing managers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree, although an advanced degree is a plus. They often have a background in business, logistics, or a related role. They must have strong leadership skills and be able to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
6%
2 - 4
38%
5 - 7
36%
8+
20%

Common Skill Sets

Good Time Management
Maths
Written Communication
Attention To Detail
English
Critical Thinking
3D CAD
Collaboration

Manufacturing Manager Seniority Levels

Design Engineer
18% made the transition
Mechanical Engineer
24% made the transition
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Manufacturing Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$99,345 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$70K
Median: $99K
$142K
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