Industrial production managers
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Overview
Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for industrial production managers are expected to shrink by 1%, and should have about 11,700 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Industrial production managers are less likely to be automated than 84% of other careers.
Workforce size
Industrial production managers, with 170,600 workers, form a larger workforce than 77% of careers.
Education
Only 46% of industrial production managers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by industrial production managers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More industrial production managers have bachelor's degrees than 67% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for industrial production managers is higher than 93% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most industrial production managers.
This job's median $103KAll jobs' median $39K$99K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 20% of industrial production managers -- that's a smaller percentage than 63% of other jobs.
Gender of industrial production managers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For industrial production managers, the median men's salary was 13% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 13% of industrial production managers are minority, and 14% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of industrial production managers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (14%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Industrial Production Managers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 58% of industrial production managers, and 78% have company-sponsored health insurance (14% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for industrial production managers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 44% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of industrial production managers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (97%)
  • Time Pressure (79%)
  • Consequence of Error (72%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (54%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (53%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (53%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (42%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do industrial production managers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for industrial production managers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for industrial production managers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for industrial production managers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all industrial production managers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for industrial production managers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for industrial production managers (ACS Salary Data)
$74K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where industrial production managers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Industrial production managers (ACS)
Private for-profit (92.5%)
Private not-for-profit (2.3%)
Local government (0.9%)
State government (0.6%)
Federal government (0.9%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.3%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of industrial production managers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$74K$75K$62K$69K$63K$61K$78K$35K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of industrial production managers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$103K$104K$106K$103K$75K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for industrial production managers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Industrial production managers and gender

With 20% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 63% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Industrial production managers
Men (80%)
Women (20%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for industrial production managers, with the median salary for men 13% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$67K$76K$0$50K$100K$150KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Industrial production managers have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 35% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of industrial production managers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority industrial production managers than for 79% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of industrial production managers
White (85% )
Asian (5% )
Black (5% )
Other (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
13%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for industrial production managers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$61K$63K$65K$72K$75K$81K$0$50K$100K$150KOtherBlackMultiracialHispanicWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for industrial production managers by nativity
$74K$77K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by industrial production managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), industrial production managers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as industrial production managers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for industrial production managers.

Education attained by industrial production managers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for industrial production managers

Employers prefer that industrial production managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes to become production managers. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for industrial production managers

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The APICS offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society of Quality (ASQ) offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for industrial production managers? Below we see the distribution of industrial production managers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as industrial production managers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$47K$61K$68K$71K$85K$104K$114K$114K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (4%)High School (20%)Some College (21%)Associate's Degree (9%)Bachelor's Degree (32%)Master's Degree (12%)Professional Deg/Doct (0%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by industrial production managers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as industrial production managers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Industrial production managers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
6.7%
$0$200K$89K
6.2%
$0$200K$63K
4.9%
$0$200K$92K
4.2%
$0$200K$63K
3.6%
$0$200K$73K
3.1%
$0$200K$80K
3.0%
$0$200K$97K
2.3%
$0$200K$67K
2.1%
$0$200K$60K
1.9%
$0$200K$53K
1.9%
$0$200K$56K
1.6%
$0$200K$87K
1.6%
$0$200K$72K
1.4%
$0$200K$73K
1.0%
$0$200K$67K
1.0%
$0$200K$60K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as industrial production managers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by industrial production managers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersMechanical engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developersArchitectural and engineering managersIndustrial engineersCivil engineersAerospace engineersPostsecondary teachersRetail salespersonsElementary and middle school teachersChemical engineersPhysicians and surgeonsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)DentistsRegistered nursesEpidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsGeneral and operations managersManagement analystsIndustrial production managersChemists and materials scientistsElectrical and electronics engineersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersLawyers, judges, and magistratesBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersFinancial analystsBusiness Management andAdministrationMechanical EngineeringGeneral BusinessChemical EngineeringBiologyIndustrial andManufacturing EngineeringChemistryGeneral EngineeringElectrical EngineeringAccountingAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for industrial production managers

What jobs will most industrial production managers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of industrial production managers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Industrial production managersManagers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of production and operating workersGeneral and operations managersInspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersIndustrial engineersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersDriver/sales workers and truck driversFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersBusiness operations specialists
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for industrial production managers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as industrial production managers as well as 1% of respondents after working as industrial production managers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for industrial production managers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as industrial production managers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of industrial production managers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for industrial production managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
1.5%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.1%
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
1.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
13.5%
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
59,500
$0$200K$53K
5.8%
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
1.8%
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
52,700
$0$200K$39K
2.8%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
1.3%
Production workers
37,400
$0$200K$32K
1.5%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
1.5%
Industrial engineers
21,600
$0$200K$77K
1.7%
Industrial production managers
11,700
$0$200K$74K
33.0%
No occupation
2.0%
Read about industrial production managers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers and programs to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, finance, and research and design.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of industrial production managers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Interpersonal skills
Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work well other managers and with staff.
Leadership skills
To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.
Problem-solving skills
Production managers must identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a one-time problem or the result of the production process.
Time-management skills
To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for industrial production managers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for industrial production managers was higher than 93% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $103KAll jobs' median $39K$96K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for industrial production managers are anticipated to shrink by 1%. over the next decade; 78% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for industrial production managers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most industrial production managers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as industrial production managers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Industrial Production Managers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where industrial production managers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for industrial production managers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for industrial production managers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Industrial Production Managers to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which industrial production managers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Industrial production managers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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