Somewhere in America, those with manufacturing jobs are creating the shoe laces for your tennis shoes or the music box you plan to give you mom for her birthday. These people produce products for sale. Manufacturing and production job titles include machinist and production manager.
Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.