The reported highest earning composite professional in this field (salary plus cash bonus and / or cash profit sharing) is the president “B” of a manufacturing company (defined as a CEO who has little or no financial interest in the company ). The company manufactures automotive parts / accessories, food / beverage / tobacco products, chemical and related products, or heavy machinery and equipment; have 1,000 or more employees; have a total annual income of $ 100,000,000 or more; and is based in or near Denver / Colorado Springs, Houston, Memphis, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Modesto / Stockton, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Boston, New York, or Dayton, or outside of a metropolitan area studied in Idaho. However, while the median President “B” has a total annual income of $ 214,966, the highest reported income individuals are Presidents “A” (who have a financial interest in the company) and earn more than $ 30,000,000.
Towards the other end of the income spectrum, “D” assemblers have a median income of $ 20,418. Sometimes, with incomes less than $ 14,600, the lowest paid employees in this group are employees of companies that manufacture building materials; have between $ 1 million and $ 4.99 million in total annual revenue; have between 5,000 and 9,999 employees; and are located in or near Greensboro / Winston-Salem, Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, Dallas / Ft. Worth, or Charlotte, or outside of the metropolitan areas studied in Texas, North Carolina, or Florida.
These compounds represent the shortest possible “summary” of the voluminous data provided regarding current salaries and cash bonuses and / or profit sharing, and numerous demographic variables provided by 343 companies in more than 54,000 management positions. , supervision, sales, engineering, technical, administrative. and blue collar employees in 187 reference jobs resulting in the eight-volume survey report, Compensation in Manufacturing, 24th Edition – 2004, sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers.
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It would be a futile exercise to attempt more than a cursory overview of the survey results in this summary. However, some general facts regarding compensation can be presented here. In addition to the earnings from the reference jobs already discussed, the national average total cash compensation for some of the other jobs included in the survey report is:
Legal Directors: $ 181,200
Manufacturing / Production Vice Presidents – $ 135,375
Executive Marketing and Sales Directors: $ 133,835
Corporate Finance Directors – $ 130,066
Manufacturing / Production Engineering Vice Presidents – $ 112,274
Research and development managers – $ 90,377
Engineering Department Managers / Superintendents – $ 89,232
Human Resources Executive Directors – $ 80,849
Plant Managers / Superintendents – $ 78,595
Product / Brand Managers – $ 75,789
Design Managers – $ 74,347
Facilities Managers – $ 68,198
Cost Accounting Managers – $ 67,161
Sales Engineers – $ 67,000
Manufacturing Engineers – $ 66,477
Production Managers / Superintendents – $ 65,730
Quality Assurance / Control Managers – $ 64,890
Computer Programmers – $ 61,963
Purchasing Managers – $ 61,805
Warehouse Managers – $ 54,000
General Production Supervisors – $ 49,781
General Accountants – $ 48,725
Product Designers – $ 45,000
Maintenance Leaders / Job Supervisors – $ 40,833
Senior Writers – $ 43,795
Buyers, Junior – $ 40,256
Secretaries to the Executive Director – $ 40,125
Machine repairers, maintenance – $ 39,192
Production Schedulers – $ 38,195
Automatic Screw Machine Operators – Multi Spindle – $ 37,252
Maintenance workers, general – $ 36,420
Chemical Production / Mixing Machine Operators – $ 35,686
Carpenters, Maintenance – $ 34,211
Quality Assurance / Control Technicians – $ 33,329
Inspectors “A”: $ 32,739
Secretaries – $ 32,500
Mill Operators – $ 32,261
Payroll Employees – $ 31,775
Numerically Controlled Machine Operators – $ 31,750
Customer Service Representatives: $ 29,787
Injection Molding Machine Setup and Operators – $ 28,200
Senior Account Employees – $ 27,913
Machine Installation Workers – $ 27,809
Material Handlers – $ 27,705
Lathe, Motor, or Turret Operators – $ 27,690
Painters, Production – $ 27,619
Machinists, Production – $ 26,661
Junior Account Employees – $ 26,449
Forklift Operators – $ 26,052
Shipping Clerks – $ 25,317
Finishers – $ 25,044
Janitors – $ 24,376
Receptionists – $ 23,795
Injection Molding Machine Operators – $ 23,443
Warehouse Workers – $ 23,109
Drill Operators, Individual – $ 21,320
Earnings ratios previously reported may be slightly skewed as some of these reference jobs were reported more frequently in organizations of one size, while larger or smaller organizations reported other reference positions. This may also be true for the product manufactured, geographic location, and supervisory / management responsibility. This possible defect is corrected in the full survey report by reporting the earnings of each reference job in general and with “breakdowns” for each demographic variable.
kind of product
In general, administrative, tax and information technology employees are better paid by manufacturers of communications equipment, medical / engineering / scientific equipment, stone / clay / concrete / glass products, and aerospace and aeronautical products, and worse in companies that produce building materials, heating / air conditioning / refrigeration products, chemical and related products, and textile and clothing products.
Employees in the sales / marketing group enjoy the highest earnings in companies that produce chemicals and related products, paper and related products, circuit board products, and measurement and control devices. Incomes are lowest among producers of building materials, clothing and textile products, rubber and plastic products, and heating / air conditioning / refrigeration products.
Administrative staff are best paid by companies that manufacture aerospace and aeronautical products, stone / clay / concrete / glass products, and chemicals and related products. They have the lowest median earnings in companies that produce heating / air conditioning / refrigeration products, circuit boards, and building materials.
Engineering / technical employees have the highest median earnings among manufacturers of aerospace and aeronautical products, communications equipment, textile and apparel products, and medical / engineering / scientific equipment. The lowest median income is reported among manufacturers of circuit board products, building materials, and primary ferrous metals.
Materials procurement / maintenance staff are best paid by companies that make aerospace and aeronautical products, stone / clay / concrete / glass products, and chemicals and the like. This group of employees is the lowest paid by manufacturers of apparel and textile products, building materials, furniture and wood products, and heating / air conditioning / refrigeration products.
Management and supervisory personnel in plant / manufacturing / production functions receive the highest average earnings when employed by companies producing stone / clay / concrete / glass products, measuring and control devices, and food / beverage products, and the lowest average income when they are employed by companies producing primary ferrous metals, computer and related products, furniture and wood products.
Quality assurance / quality control, regulatory affairs and documentation employees are better paid by producers of measurement and control devices, aerospace and aeronautical products, and primary ferrous metals. Manufacturers of clothing and other textile products, rubber / plastic products, medical / engineering / scientific equipment, and circuit board products pay them less.
Production employees in companies with 250 or more employees perform best among producers of chemicals and related products, paper and related products, fabricated metal products, and measuring and control devices, and worst among manufacturers of furniture and wood products , apparel and textile factory products. and building materials. Production employees in companies with fewer than 250 employees perform best in companies that produce stone / clay / concrete / glass products, machinery and heavy equipment, chemicals and related products, and manufactured metal products, and worst among manufacturers of apparel and textile products for factories, circuit board products and communications equipment.
Managerial / supervisory level of responsibility
This factor is an excellent predictor of overall revenue in the manufacturing field. In the largest companies, the median income increases from $ 54,060 for those who supervise fewer than five professionals to $ 83,916 for those who direct the activities of 100 or more non-professionals, and from $ 72,992 for those who supervise fewer than five professionals to $ 95,813 for who direct the activities of 50 to 249 professionals. Median earnings increase further (to $ 245,650) for those who run the activities of 250 or more professionals and non-professionals.
In smaller companies, the median income increases from $ 48,505 for those who supervise fewer than five non-professionals to $ 90,000 for those who direct the activities of 100 or more non-professional employees, and from $ 75,401 for those who supervise fewer than five professionals at $ 91,617 for those who direct the activities of 50 to 249 professionals. Median earnings increase further (to $ 170,000) for those running the activities of 100 to 249 professionals and non-professionals.
Organization size and geographic location
The median income of working families and individual jobs varies significantly by organization size and location. While the compensation data was analyzed by organization size and region, state, and metropolitan area, the data is too voluminous to allow for succinct comment in this document and should be left for the full report.