Pay for Manufacturing Directors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $121K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Manufacturing Directors can bottom out near $82K or peak near $177K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Manufacturing Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$77,638 - $155,009
MEDIAN: $120,665

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National Salary Data (?
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$77,638 - $155,009  
$2,076 - $30,062  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $20,426  
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).
$81,558 - $177,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 275

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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

  • Direct and coordinate production, processing, distribution, and engineer activities of industrial organization.
  • Initiate and coordinate inventory and cost control programs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Director

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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 Director

Manufacturing Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Engineering Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Production Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Lean Manufacturing indicates knowledge of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Director

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

For many Manufacturing Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $94K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $101K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Manufacturing Directors make a median salary of $129K. Manufacturing Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $138K on average.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Manufacturing Director Salaries

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 3%

Operations Management

National Average

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%