Manufacturing Director Salary

Average pay for Manufacturing Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($118K). Total incomes of Manufacturing Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $21K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $82K and $171K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Manufacturing Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,086 - $152,534

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National Salary Data (?
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$79,086 - $152,534  
$1,961 - $30,351  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $20,695  
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).
$81,854 - $170,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 440
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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 make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level VP of Manufacturing position pays around the same amount as the Manufacturing Director job on average.

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Popular Skills for Manufacturing Director

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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.

For many Manufacturing Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $81K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $111K. Manufacturing Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $129K. Manufacturing Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $135K.

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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 76 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: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%