Manufacturing Director Salary

Salaries for Manufacturing Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($118K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $30K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Manufacturing Directors spread between $82K and $172K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance.

$79,054 - $153,610
MEDIAN: $118,128

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National Salary Data (?
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$79,054 - $153,610  
$1,018 - $30,473  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $20,449  
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).
$81,926 - $172,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 449
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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

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Many Manufacturing Directors move into a VP of Manufacturing role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. VPs of Manufacturing on average bring in a similar salary to Manufacturing Directors.

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Popular Skills for

Manufacturing Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, People Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Production Management, Operations Management, and People Management. Most people experienced in Lean Manufacturing also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Manufacturing Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $81K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $110K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Manufacturing Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $128K. 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 $137K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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National Average

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 10%

Operations Management
up arrow 18%

Production Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.


9 %
91 %

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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%