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March 14, 2017
It was a good year for manufacturing leadership: Job satisfaction was up, and so was pay.

The results from the latest IndustryWeek Salary Survey are in, and it was a good year for manufacturing leadership. Job satisfaction was up, and so was pay. Medical device manufacturing took the lead in salaries, while the most lucrative job was vice president of manufacturing and production.

More than 750 managers responded to our survey; their average salary in 2016 was $126,700.

  • The majority of respondents saw pay raises
  • 84% are "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with manufacturing as a career path
  • 72% are "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their current job
  • Challenging work matters most (20%) followed by job stability (19%)
  • The average salary is $83,400 for the youngest earners and $130,200 for the oldest
  • Finding manufacturing talent is an ongoing concern

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