chapter 8

manufacturing and logistics.

 

Manufacturing and logistics companies continue to be the engines of technological and social change, much as they have since the First Industrial Revolution. Today, however, these companies aren’t only responsible for driving large-scale disruption. They’re also being forced to adapt and react to it as a host of AI, robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning applications are poised to transform the way manufacturing and logistics companies operate.

Even as these industries undergo fundamental changes, there’s no shortage of new jobs in either sector. In fact, two million postings for manufacturing jobs went up in the last 12 months, along with 1.3 million postings in logistics. And in light of a lingering skills gap in these spaces, opportunities should continue to be plentiful for qualified candidates in 2020 — much as they were in 2019, when U.S. manufacturing job growth reached a 30-year high.

 

there were more than 3.3 million job postings for manufacturing and logistics roles in the last 12 months.

2020 outlook

There were more than 3.3 million job postings for manufacturing and logistics roles in the last 12 months. However, it’s also clear that change and disruption will continue apace in 2020, which means manufacturing and logistics organizations should feel a real sense of urgency. Those that are able to get a head start stand to gain a significant edge on the competition. But doing so will require some outside-of-the-box thinking, together with more proactive talent acquisition strategies — because “business as usual” isn’t going to lead to different outcomes.

here's how to hire in manufacturing and logistics today

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 $22.29 $26.89 $31.61
electronics assembler (general) $15.16 $17.32 $19.44
electronics assembler (precision) $18.36 $21.56 $24.69
fabricator assembler $14.80 $17.46 $20.09
product assembler (bench) $16.31 $18.89 $21.61
product assembler (machine) $17.74 $21.13 $24.53

assembly

assembly line foreman

entry-level

$22.29

mid-level

$26.89

senior-level

$31.61

electronics assembler (general)

entry-level

$15.16

mid-level

$17.32

senior-level

$19.44

electronics assembler (precision)

entry-level

$18.36

mid-level

$21.56

senior-level

$24.69

fabricator assembler

entry-level

$14.80

mid-level

$17.46

senior-level

$20.09

product assembler (bench)

entry-level

$16.31

mid-level

$18.89

senior-level

$21.61

product assembler (machine)

entry-level

$17.74

mid-level

$21.13

senior-level

$24.53
inspection
quality control inspector $18.73 $21.69 $24.92
quality control tester $27.47 $33.10 $38.62
quality inspector $18.73 $21.69 $24.92

inspection

quality control inspector

entry-level

$18.73

mid-level

$21.69

senior-level

$24.92

quality control tester

entry-level

$27.47

mid-level

$33.10

senior-level

$38.62

quality inspector

entry-level

$18.73

mid-level

$21.69

senior-level

$24.92
machine operation
CNC machinist $25.00 $29.58 $34.45
computer-controlled machine tool operator $25.00 $29.58 $34.45
general machinist $19.77 $22.73 $25.88
machine feeder $12.89 $16.12 $18.74
machine operator $16.80 $20.03 $23.15
machine operator helper $15.47 $18.49 $21.02
molding machine operator $15.91 $18.99 $21.75
numerical control machine operator $17.36 $20.26 $23.24

machine operation

CNC machinist

entry-level

$25.00

mid-level

$29.58

senior-level

$34.45

computer-controlled machine tool operator

entry-level

$25.00

mid-level

$29.58

senior-level

$34.45

general machinist

entry-level

$19.77

mid-level

$22.73

senior-level

$25.88

machine feeder

entry-level

$12.89

mid-level

$16.12

senior-level

$18.74

machine operator

entry-level

$16.80

mid-level

$20.03

senior-level

$23.15

machine operator helper

entry-level

$15.47

mid-level

$18.49

senior-level

$21.02

molding machine operator

entry-level

$15.91

mid-level

$18.99

senior-level

$21.75

numerical control machine operator

entry-level

$17.36

mid-level

$20.26

senior-level

$23.24
maintenance
electromechanical technician $25.77 $31.81 $36.68
electronics technician $25.57 $29.63 $33.98
facilities maintenance worker $17.36 $20.26 $23.24
field service technician $24.81 $29.92 $34.71
janitor $12.83 $15.27 $17.14
maintenance mechanic $22.29 $26.56 $30.82

maintenance

electromechanical technician

entry-level

$25.77

mid-level

$31.81

senior-level

$36.68

electronics technician

entry-level

$25.57

mid-level

$29.63

senior-level

$33.98

facilities maintenance worker

entry-level

$17.36

mid-level

$20.26

senior-level

$23.24

field service technician

entry-level

$24.81

mid-level

$29.92

senior-level

$34.71

janitor

entry-level

$12.83

mid-level

$15.27

senior-level

$17.14

maintenance mechanic

entry-level

$22.29

mid-level

$26.56

senior-level

$30.82
management
assembly supervisor $25.61 $29.39 $33.63
assistant foreman $22.14 $25.92 $29.91
assistant plant manager $32.87 $38.55 $44.50
assistant production supervisor $20.32 $23.82 $27.51
logistics manager $31.78 $37.88 $44.40
maintenance manager $31.25 $37.53 $43.08
maintenance supervisor $30.02 $35.52 $41.28
operations manager $43.04 $50.40 $57.87
plant manager $48.87 $61.64 $74.32
production manager $43.75 $50.59 $58.23
quality control manager $43.44 $49.49 $56.23
warehouse manager $31.85 $36.59 $41.75

management

assembly supervisor

entry-level

$25.61

mid-level

$29.39

senior-level

$33.63

assistant foreman

entry-level

$22.14

mid-level

$25.92

senior-level

$29.91

assistant plant manager

entry-level

$32.87

mid-level

$38.55

senior-level

$44.50

assistant production supervisor

entry-level

$20.32

mid-level

$23.82

senior-level

$27.51

logistics manager

entry-level

$31.78

mid-level

$37.88

senior-level

$44.40

maintenance manager

entry-level

$31.25

mid-level

$37.53

senior-level

$43.08

maintenance supervisor

entry-level

$30.02

mid-level

$35.52

senior-level

$41.28

operations manager

entry-level

$43.04

mid-level

$50.40

senior-level

$57.87

plant manager

entry-level

$48.87

mid-level

$61.64

senior-level

$74.32

production manager

entry-level

$43.75

mid-level

$50.59

senior-level

$58.23

quality control manager

entry-level

$43.44

mid-level

$49.49

senior-level

$56.23

warehouse manager

entry-level

$31.85

mid-level

$36.59

senior-level

$41.75
production
CNC programmer $25.00 $29.58 $34.45
injection molder $14.23 $16.43 $18.70
manufacturing worker $14.17 $16.38 $18.75
production helper $13.41 $15.69 $17.75
production laborer $13.10 $16.35 $19.20
production machinist $18.54 $22.09 $25.71
production scheduler $24.25 $29.09 $33.38
tool and die maker $25.21 $29.89 $34.48
welder $20.19 $23.56 $27.02

production

CNC programmer

entry-level

$25.00

mid-level

$29.58

senior-level

$34.45

injection molder

entry-level

$14.23

mid-level

$16.43

senior-level

$18.70

manufacturing worker

entry-level

$14.17

mid-level

$16.38

senior-level

$18.75

production helper

entry-level

$13.41

mid-level

$15.69

senior-level

$17.75

production laborer

entry-level

$13.10

mid-level

$16.35

senior-level

$19.20

production machinist

entry-level

$18.54

mid-level

$22.09

senior-level

$25.71

production scheduler

entry-level

$24.25

mid-level

$29.09

senior-level

$33.38

tool and die maker

entry-level

$25.21

mid-level

$29.89

senior-level

$34.48

welder

entry-level

$20.19

mid-level

$23.56

senior-level

$27.02
warehouse/distribution
driver $17.88 $20.87 $23.97
forklift operator $15.05 $18.17 $20.73
inventory control clerk $16.20 $19.13 $21.87
manual packager $13.34 $15.88 $18.17
materials handler $14.88 $17.92 $20.66
picker/packer $13.24 $15.34 $17.02
shipping and receiving clerk $17.69 $20.83 $24.07
stock handler $14.88 $17.92 $20.66
warehouse laborer $14.65 $17.65 $19.70

warehouse/distribution

driver

entry-level

$17.88

mid-level

$20.87

senior-level

$23.97

forklift operator

entry-level

$15.05

mid-level

$18.17

senior-level

$20.73

inventory control clerk

entry-level

$16.20

mid-level

$19.13

senior-level

$21.87

manual packager

entry-level

$13.34

mid-level

$15.88

senior-level

$18.17

materials handler

entry-level

$14.88

mid-level

$17.92

senior-level

$20.66

picker/packer

entry-level

$13.24

mid-level

$15.34

senior-level

$17.02

shipping and receiving clerk

entry-level

$17.69

mid-level

$20.83

senior-level

$24.07

stock handler

entry-level

$14.88

mid-level

$17.92

senior-level

$20.66

warehouse laborer

entry-level

$14.65

mid-level

$17.65

senior-level

$19.70

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