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Manufacturing Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Manufacturing Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $119K per year. Total cash earnings of Manufacturing Directors range from $83K on the low end to $173K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $31K and $21K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Manufacturing Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$79,958 - $153,807
MEDIAN: $118,798

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$79,958 - $153,807  
$2,057 - $30,730  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $20,695  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$83,059 - $173,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 447

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Job Description for Manufacturing Director

The manufacturing director is in charge of the entire site at a manufacturing facility. That means this director is ultimately responsible for everything that goes on in the facility, including (but not limited to) production. The director also oversees product quality, ensuring supplies are available, equipment is functioning properly, customers are satisfied, and engineering controls are in place. The director is in charge of creating, implementing, and coordinating a plan to ensure maximum profitability and reduce operating costs as well.


Manufacturing Director Tasks

  • Coordinate and recommend procedures for facility or production processes.
  • Review processing schedules and production orders; adjust inventory and staffing requirements, work procedures and assignments to meet time and budget constraints.
  • Direct and coordinate production, processing, distribution, and engineer activities of industrial organization.
  • Initiate and coordinate inventory and cost control programs.

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Director

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Manufacturing Directors sometimes move into a VP of Manufacturing role, where the salary is similar.

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Manufacturing Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Production Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Operations Management and Production Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Employees educated in Lean Manufacturing are typically practiced in Manufacturing Process Engineering, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Manufacturing Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $86K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $114K. Manufacturing Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $132K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $136K on average.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Director Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Manufacturing Director Salaries

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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National Average

Lean Manufacturing
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Production Management
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.


8 %
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%