What does a Production Manager do?

Production managers determine the best way for a plant’s workers and its equipment to meet the company or plant’s production goals for goods including cars or paper, all while they ensure the production stays on schedule and within an allotted budget.

Production managers track and create production schedules according to client’s needs, specifications, and projected budgets, and discuss the logistics with their clients. They can train new employees, and they ensure the proper health and safety regulations are being adhered to throughout the duration of the production cycle. They also handle the scheduling for the routine maintenance of production equipment in use, and coordinate, plan, and direct activities that are used for the production of goods. They also create opportunities to make a process or procedure more efficient and determine if any new equipment or machines need to be procured. Production managers need a minimum bachelor’s degree in related industries, including supply chain management, industrial engineering, or business management.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Production Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$90,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $90K
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Production Manager Career Path

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Vetco Veterinary ClinicVetco Veterinary Clinic
Entertainment Manager
14 Dec 2020

“One veterinary doctor I had to work with on a regular basis was rude and abusive.”

Anaheim Precision Manufacturing
Production Manager
19 May 2021

“I have worked on some of the most innovative and exciting projects of my entire career here”

Video Production Manager
29 Jul 2021

“Founder/CEO Stu Levy was a true entrepreneur who created new revenue streams and always got the best out of us.”

Production Officer
28 Jun 2021

“As a fresher get a job in MNC company is a best opportunity to start our career”

Samsung ElectronicsSamsung Electronics
Production Supervisor
27 Jul 2019

“This is great if you are an hourly associate since you will receive overtime pay.”

Production Manager
13 Apr 2020

“If you're not comfortable with change or pushing yourself for sometimes long stretches you won't enjoy working here.”

Regional Production Manager
10 Jun 2021

“✓ My team is highly skilled so we don’t have any problems meeting our clients’ expectations.”

Métier Creative
Associate Director of Production
23 Dec 2019

“The opportunities are endless as you are able to pave your own career path within the company.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a production manager

The most similar professions to production manager are:
  • Operations Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • General Manager
  • Sales Manager

The most common qualifications to become a production manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.