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Manufacturing and Production Careers | Production Plant Manager

Production Plant Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Directs work and resources needed for a manufacturing production process. Plans and manages production work that meets cost, quality and quantity specifications for a company or project.

Job Outlook

There were 1847 Production Plant Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 44506 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Production Plant Manager industry, which includes the Production Plant Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Production Plant Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $71,528.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $70,628.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Production Plant Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $54,891.

Education and Experience

Posted Production Plant Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree6%
Bachelor's Degree53%
Master's Degree14%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other26%

Posted Production Plant Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years18%
3 to 5 years52%
6 to 8 years15%
9+ years15%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Production Plant Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (43%)
  • Planning (31%)
  • Problem Solving (27%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (24%)
  • Organizational Skills (20%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Production Management (47%)
  • Scheduling (37%)
  • Budgeting (36%)
  • Quality Management (13%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (12%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Quality Assurance and Control (16%)
  • Project Management (14%)
  • Cost Control (13%)
  • Staff Management (11%)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Inventory Management (6%)
  • Food Safety (6%)
  • Employee Training (5%)
  • Employee Relations (5%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Production Plant Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Production Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Entry Level Manufacturing
  • Assistant Plant Manager
  • Production Superintendent

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Production Plant Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Applied Materials (706)
  • Freeman (234)
  • Brightview (214)
  • Sodexo (200)
  • Ashley Furniture (163)

North Carolina

  • Smithfield Foods (49)
  • Applied Materials (15)
  • Pilgrims (14)
  • Topsider Building Systems Incorporated (13)
  • Tyson Foods Incorporated (13)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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