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Manufacturing Director Salary

Salaries for Manufacturing Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. Total incomes of Manufacturing Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $31K from bonuses and close to $21K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $82K and $173K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,351 - $153,641
MEDIAN: $118,785

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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.
$79,351 - $153,641  
$2,049 - $30,608  
Profit Sharing
$250.50 - $20,642  
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).
$82,480 - $172,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 446

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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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As Manufacturing Directors transition into upper-level roles like VPs of Manufacturing, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. VPs of Manufacturing earn the same amount as Manufacturing Directors on average.

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Popular Skills for Manufacturing Director

Survey takers who work as Manufacturing Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Production Management and Operations Management. Those educated in Lean Manufacturing tend to be well versed in 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $86K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $114K. Manufacturing Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $132K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $136K on average.

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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

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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 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%