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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: How Much Do US Plant Managers Make?


Plant Managers Paid the Most in San Franciso, Least in Oklahoma City in 25 Markets, based on New Randstad Data

Feb. 28, 2018
SCDigest Editorial Staff

Plant managers are pretty important people in most manufacturing companies, whether they have one factory or many in their networks.


So just how much do such plant managers make each year?


That question was answered again this year by human resource and staffing firm Randstad USA, which recently releasing its annual wage guide for manufacturing, detailing wage rates for literally dozens of production jobs across virtually every major and a large number of secondary markets in the US.


Earlier this week, we published an article that looked at the wage rates for four US manufacturing jobs (general worker, machinist, welder and plant manager) across 25 representative markets.


The numbers from Randstad were delivered as hourly rates for all positions, even obviously the obviously salaried plant managers posiitons. For this Supply Chain Graphic of the Week, we multiplied that plant manager hourly wage, using the median level for each market, by 2080 work hours in the year to calculate an annual salary.


The result is the chart below, showing plant managers making the most in the San Francisco area ($167,000) the least in Oklahoma City ($117,000).



Data Source: Randstad USA


We will note that compard to shop floor positions, the pay levels for plant managers are much more dependent on the size of facilities than the other three jobs, and some metro areas may have a larger percentage of smaller facilities than other areas that trend towards a higher mix of large facilities.That could explain, for example, why Huntsville, AL is third on the list.



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