Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $55K per year. The greater proportion of employees (42 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of about $48K annually.
Residents of Elkhart, Ind. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $60K per year; other top-paying cities include Goshen, Ind. ($53K) and South Bend, Ind. (around $35K).
Inventory Specialists are awarded the highest paychecks, with average compensation nearing approximately $68K annually; Manufacturing Production Managers are next on the list, bringing in close to $66K, followed by Field Service Technicians earning $46K.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Lean Manufacturing Practitioner Certification certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $66K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Lippert Components Inc. provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Science (MS) — these employees rake in $115K annually.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Lean Manufacturing; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $66K per year. A common skill in Lippert Components Inc.'s work force is Microsoft Office; nearly one in four of survey participants report using it on the job. Other skills in demand are People Management, Project Management, and SolidWorks.
Benefits and Perks
Nearly all employees set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance is part of the package for a solid majority of respondents, and for a majority of survey participants, dental coverage is too. Employees can also look forward to a company cell phone, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and life insurance.