Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $64K per year. The greater proportion of employees (38 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $49K annually.
Process Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $81K per year; Inventory Specialists, Manufacturing Production Managers, and Field Service Technicians also rank near the top of the list, pulling in about $68K, around $66K, and $46K, respectively.
Residents of Elkhart, Ind. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is around $60K annually; other top-paying cities include Goshen, Ind. ($54K) and South Bend, Ind. ($42K).
Certifications and Degrees
Lean Manufacturing Practitioner Certifications earn $66K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Lippert Components Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Science (MS) — these employees rake in about $95K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Inventory Control in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $67K per year. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Lippert Components Inc. workers, with just over one in five of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Project Management, People Management, and Leadership round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Almost all workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. At Lippert Components Inc., a majority of survey participants have health insurance, and the larger part of respondents have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a company cell phone, flexible hours, a casual working environment, and life insurance.