Manufacturing Director Salary

Compensation for Manufacturing Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($118K). Total cash compensation for Manufacturing Directors runs from $81K to $174K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $31K and profit sharing that can reach almost $21K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Manufacturing Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$79,112 - $154,114
MEDIAN: $117,931

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$79,112 - $154,114  
$1,020 - $30,680  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $20,746  
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).
$81,253 - $173,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 481
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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 who transition into an upper level VP of Manufacturing position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average VP of Manufacturing makes $133K a year.

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Popular Skills for Manufacturing Director

Manufacturing Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Production Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Lean Manufacturing also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Director

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

Manufacturing Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $88K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $104K. Manufacturing Directors see a median salary of $129K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $136K.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Manufacturing Director Salaries

Lean Manufacturing
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National Average

Production Management
up arrow 19%

People Management
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Project Management
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 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: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%