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Manufacturing Director Salary

Average pay for a Manufacturing Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $129K per year. In the world of Manufacturing Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $21K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $81K and $173K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Manufacturing Directors. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance.
$78,666 - $152,485
MEDIAN: $117,253

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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.
$78,666 - $152,485  
$2,230 - $31,068  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $20,752  
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).
$81,394 - $172,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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 may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like VP of Manufacturing offer money in line with Manufacturing Directors.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Manufacturing Directors who took the survey. Those who have experience with Manufacturing Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Operations Management as a skill 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Manufacturing Directors. Inexperienced workers earn around $90K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $106K. Manufacturing Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $128K. Manufacturing Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $137K.

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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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Lean Manufacturing

National Average

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.


8 %
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%