chapter 8

salary guide: manufacturing and logistics.

When much of the world was ordered to stay at home, manufacturing and logistics companies stayed open to ensure the production and supply of essential goods remained intact. Many heeded the call to pivot production entirely, rerouting their resources to address critical PPE shortages along with other highly sought-after items — items that consumers were turning to e-commerce in increasingly higher numbers to procure.

Online orders are expected to reach almost $477 billion by 2024, and that growing demand is creating additional opportunities for manufacturing and logistics professionals as a result. In fact, there had been three straight months of expansion as we approached the middle of Q4. That likely accounted for the 2.5 million jobs being advertised for talent in this segment, and 2021 should only add to that number's steady climb. Between the continued evolution of e-commerce and a renewed urgency to innovate, workers of all levels will be needed to lend their talents to the continued transformation of the industry.

2021 outlook

Manufacturing and logistics worksites were already undergoing major shifts, even before the seismic events of 2020 upended them even further. With digital transformation accelerating across the sector and volume from e-commerce rising, the need for new and highly skilled workers in 2021 is expected to be great. Of course, increased demand also means increased competition, and employers will need to embrace new approaches to talent attraction and retention in order to stand out and attract the talent they need to thrive.

salary key

This guide presents nationwide pay information for today's most prevalent and in-demand manufacturing and logistics positions.

Compensation data for these roles is organized by hourly rates across three levels of professional experience:

entry-level
one year of experience

mid-level
five years of experience

senior-level
10 years of experience

assembly entry-level mid-level senior-level
assembly line foreman $22.60 $27.43 $32.37
electronics assembler (general) $15.31 $17.51 $19.77
electronics assembler (precision) $18.54 $21.78 $24.94
fabricator assembler $14.95 $17.63 $20.33
product assembler (bench) $16.47 $19.08 $21.85
product assembler (machine) $17.92 $21.34 $24.78

assembly

assembly line foreman

entry-level

$22.60

mid-level

$27.43

senior-level

$32.37

electronics assembler (general)

entry-level

$15.31

mid-level

$17.51

senior-level

$19.77

electronics assembler (precision)

entry-level

$18.54

mid-level

$21.78

senior-level

$24.94

fabricator assembler

entry-level

$14.95

mid-level

$17.63

senior-level

$20.33

product assembler (bench)

entry-level

$16.47

mid-level

$19.08

senior-level

$21.85

product assembler (machine)

entry-level

$17.92

mid-level

$21.34

senior-level

$24.78
inspection
quality control inspector $18.92 $21.91 $25.22
quality control tester $27.47 $33.43 $39.01
quality inspector $18.92 $21.91 $25.22

inspection

quality control inspector

entry-level

$18.92

mid-level

$21.91

senior-level

$25.22

quality control tester

entry-level

$27.47

mid-level

$33.43

senior-level

$39.01

quality inspector

entry-level

$18.92

mid-level

$21.91

senior-level

$25.22
machine operation
CNC machinist $25.25 $29.88 $34.79
computer-controlled machine tool operator $25.25 $29.88 $34.79
general machinist $19.97 $22.98 $26.27
machine feeder $13.02 $16.28 $18.93
machine operator $16.97 $20.23 $23.38
machine operator helper $15.62 $18.67 $21.25
molding machine operator $16.07 $19.18 $21.99
numerical control machine operator $17.76 $20.75 $23.82

machine operation

CNC machinist

entry-level

$25.25

mid-level

$29.88

senior-level

$34.79

computer-controlled machine tool operator

entry-level

$25.25

mid-level

$29.88

senior-level

$34.79

general machinist

entry-level

$19.97

mid-level

$22.98

senior-level

$26.27

machine feeder

entry-level

$13.02

mid-level

$16.28

senior-level

$18.93

machine operator

entry-level

$16.97

mid-level

$20.23

senior-level

$23.38

machine operator helper

entry-level

$15.62

mid-level

$18.67

senior-level

$21.25

molding machine operator

entry-level

$16.07

mid-level

$19.18

senior-level

$21.99

numerical control machine operator

entry-level

$17.76

mid-level

$20.75

senior-level

$23.82
maintenance
electromechanical technician $26.05 $32.13 $37.05
electronics technician $25.88 $30.16 $34.69
facilities maintenance worker $17.53 $20.48 $23.64
field service technician $25.06 $30.22 $35.09
janitor $12.96 $15.42 $17.35
maintenance mechanic $22.51 $26.83 $31.13

maintenance

electromechanical technician

entry-level

$26.05

mid-level

$32.13

senior-level

$37.05

electronics technician

entry-level

$25.88

mid-level

$30.16

senior-level

$34.69

facilities maintenance worker

entry-level

$17.53

mid-level

$20.48

senior-level

$23.64

field service technician

entry-level

$25.06

mid-level

$30.22

senior-level

$35.09

janitor

entry-level

$12.96

mid-level

$15.42

senior-level

$17.35

maintenance mechanic

entry-level

$22.51

mid-level

$26.83

senior-level

$31.13
management
assembly supervisor $26.12 $30.07 $34.67
assistant foreman $22.67 $26.57 $30.66
assistant plant manager $33.53 $39.32 $45.39
assistant production supervisor $20.95 $24.65 $28.47
logistics manager $32.83 $39.17 $45.95
maintenance manager $31.88 $38.28 $43.98
maintenance supervisor $30.62 $36.23 $42.23
operations manager $43.90 $51.66 $59.90
plant manager $49.85 $62.87 $75.81
production manager $44.63 $51.60 $59.51
quality control manager $44.31 $50.48 $57.35
warehouse manager $32.87 $37.83 $43.21

management

assembly supervisor

entry-level

$26.12

mid-level

$30.07

senior-level

$34.67

assistant foreman

entry-level

$22.67

mid-level

$26.57

senior-level

$30.66

assistant plant manager

entry-level

$33.53

mid-level

$39.32

senior-level

$45.39

assistant production supervisor

entry-level

$20.95

mid-level

$24.65

senior-level

$28.47

logistics manager

entry-level

$32.83

mid-level

$39.17

senior-level

$45.95

maintenance manager

entry-level

$31.88

mid-level

$38.28

senior-level

$43.98

maintenance supervisor

entry-level

$30.62

mid-level

$36.23

senior-level

$42.23

operations manager

entry-level

$43.90

mid-level

$51.66

senior-level

$59.90

plant manager

entry-level

$49.85

mid-level

$62.87

senior-level

$75.81

production manager

entry-level

$44.63

mid-level

$51.60

senior-level

$59.51

quality control manager

entry-level

$44.31

mid-level

$50.48

senior-level

$57.35

warehouse manager

entry-level

$32.87

mid-level

$37.83

senior-level

$43.21
production
CNC programmer $25.25 $29.88 $34.86
injection molder $14.37 $16.64 $19.06
manufacturing worker $14.31 $16.54 $18.94
production helper $13.54 $15.85 $17.95
production laborer $13.23 $16.51 $19.39
production machinist $18.73 $22.33 $26.12
production scheduler $24.49 $29.38 $33.71
tool and die maker $25.46 $30.19 $34.86
welder $20.39 $23.80 $27.32

production

CNC programmer

entry-level

$25.25

mid-level

$29.88

senior-level

$34.86

injection molder

entry-level

$14.37

mid-level

$16.64

senior-level

$19.06

manufacturing worker

entry-level

$14.31

mid-level

$16.54

senior-level

$18.94

production helper

entry-level

$13.54

mid-level

$15.85

senior-level

$17.95

production laborer

entry-level

$13.23

mid-level

$16.51

senior-level

$19.39

production machinist

entry-level

$18.73

mid-level

$22.33

senior-level

$26.12

production scheduler

entry-level

$24.49

mid-level

$29.38

senior-level

$33.71

tool and die maker

entry-level

$25.46

mid-level

$30.19

senior-level

$34.86

welder

entry-level

$20.39

mid-level

$23.80

senior-level

$27.32
warehouse/distribution
driver $18.06 $21.08 $24.21
forklift operator $15.20 $18.35 $20.98
inventory control clerk $16.36 $19.32 $22.09
manual packager $13.47 $16.05 $18.41
materials handler $15.03 $18.10 $20.87
picker/packer $13.37 $15.49 $17.19
shipping and receiving clerk $17.87 $21.04 $24.31
stock handler $15.03 $18.10 $20.87
warehouse laborer $14.80 $17.83 $19.90

warehouse/distribution

driver

entry-level

$18.06

mid-level

$21.08

senior-level

$24.21

forklift operator

entry-level

$15.20

mid-level

$18.35

senior-level

$20.98

inventory control clerk

entry-level

$16.36

mid-level

$19.32

senior-level

$22.09

manual packager

entry-level

$13.47

mid-level

$16.05

senior-level

$18.41

materials handler

entry-level

$15.03

mid-level

$18.10

senior-level

$20.87

picker/packer

entry-level

$13.37

mid-level

$15.49

senior-level

$17.19

shipping and receiving clerk

entry-level

$17.87

mid-level

$21.04

senior-level

$24.31

stock handler

entry-level

$15.03

mid-level

$18.10

senior-level

$20.87

warehouse laborer

entry-level

$14.80

mid-level

$17.83

senior-level

$19.90

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