Statewide Average Range
- Texas is the second highest-paying state in the U.S. for production plant managers. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2010 there were 11,240 production and plant managers working in the state, and making $116,630 a year on average. In the bottom 10th percentile, managers made $60,580 or less a year. Those at the top of the field, in top 10th percentile, reported wages of $166,400 or more annually. The middle 50 percent of Texas plant managers made between $77,930 and $141,380 a year.
Different Wages Around the State
- Cost of Living, demand for plant managers, and general economic conditions may have influenced wages in 2010. The bureau states that in El Paso, managers only averaged $86,660 a year, well below the statewide average. San Antonio and Waco also reported below-average salaries, at $93,830 and $98,100 a year, respectively. In the major metropolitan area of Dallas-Fort Worth, plant managers made $116,940 a year, right in line with the state average. In the Houston metro area, the annual mean wage for managers was $131,130 a year.
Type of Manufacturing and Industry
- Plant managers in any state can see very different wages depending on the product being manufactured. The plastics industry average for plant managers as of May 2010 was $88,300 a year. Those working in plants that produced paint, coating, and adhesives also reported lower than average wages at $96,970 a year. Texas is one of the major centers for oil, and managers in this industry nationwide saw some of the highest salaries. In 2010, a plant manager in oil and gas extraction averaged $127,910 a year.
- Most commonly, plant managers have a lot of experience in the industry that they work in. Many companies also now prefer to hire managers than have a bachelor's degree in management, business administration, or a field related to technology or engineering. Some managers start out as factory workers and eventual receive promotions. Plant managers often have to undergo rigorous on-the-job training to learn the specific policies and procedures of the company. Certification is typically not required, but credentials such as Certified in Production and Inventory Management, and Certified Manager of Quality, can help in the job market and justify higher wages.