Manufacturing Compensation -- The Ugly and the Sweet

IndustryWeek subscribers share their stories of manufacturing pay. Here is a cross-section of both the good and the bad.

"Salary is great, my boss is excellent. I am glad to work for someone who understands my role and allows me the autonomy to get the job done. Manufacturing has been a great career!" – plant/facilities manager in the chemicals industry with 26-plus years of experience and earning $160,000

"A signficant downturn in business this year due to Chinese competition has resulted in no raises and most likely no bonuses." – engineering manager in the plastics and rubber products industry with 26-plus years of experience, living in the New England region and earning $155,000

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"I am happy with my job that presents challenges daily, and my salary is fine for the area of the country that I live in. My great concern in regards to manufacturing is the continued flow of manufacturing to out-of-the-country sources." – engineering manager in the consumer goods/durables industry with 26-plus years of experience, living in the South Central region and earning $90,000

I don't feel manufacturing is properly compensating their veteran salaried employees. It's getting to the point where it is not profitable to the employee to stay with one company. I think going forward, people need to move around through industry to move up on the salary and benefit scale." – manufacturing/production manager in the automotive/transportation vehicles and equipment industry with 26-plus years of experience, living in the North Central region and earning $70,000

Where's My Raise?

"No salary increase since '06 due to economy." – quality manager in the industrial machinery industry with 16 to 20 years of experience, living in the South Atlantic region and earning $65,000

"While I feel underpaid, I have great benefits and a very stable company." - plant/facilities manager in the industrial machinery industry with 26-plus years of experience, living in the South Central region and earning $86,000

"Have foregone salary/position increase to work for and with a great group." – sales/marketing manager in the aerospace and defense industry with 21 to 25 years of experience, living in the Mountain region and earning $105,000

"Federal taxes go up, state and local taxes go up, while state and local fees are created as a hidden tax. My salary goes down. Losing ground every year. Never get raises that equal cost of living." – engineering manager in the medical devices/lab equipment industry with 21 to 25 years of experience, living in the Middle Atlantic region and earning $86,000

"I truly love working for my company from a total satisfaction perspective. I continue to worry about the state of manufacturing's treatment by the U.S. regulators and the global economy overall." – VP of operations in the construction/building equipment industry with 26-plus years of experience, living in the North Central region and earning $230,000 

"The volatility of the job market makes negotiating salary a slippery slope even with outstanding job performance." – supply chain/logistics manager in the construction/building equipment industry with six to 10 years of experience, living in the Pacific region and earning $86,329