Manufacturing Director Salary

Salaries for Manufacturing Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. In the world of Manufacturing Directors, overall income ranges from $83K near the bottom to $173K at the top; this can include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $21K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and experience level 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 workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,850 - $153,430
MEDIAN: $119,059

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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.
$79,850 - $153,430  
$2,013 - $30,513  
Profit Sharing
$250.50 - $20,678  
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).
$83,087 - $172,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 444
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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like VP of Manufacturing. On average, VPs of Manufacturing get paid about the same as Manufacturing Directors do.

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Popular Skills for Manufacturing Director

Survey takers who work as Manufacturing Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Production Management and Operations Management. Those familiar with Lean Manufacturing also tend to know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Director

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $88K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $115K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Manufacturing Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $133K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $136K.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Manufacturing Director Salaries

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Lean Manufacturing

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Operations Management
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Production Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 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: 6%