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Survey: Manufacturing Managers’ Salaries Slightly Down for 2008

The average salary of a manufacturing manager in the United States is slightly lower for 2008 than in 2007, according to a survey by IndustryWeek. This year, managers in the manufacturing industries will average an annual salary of $105,581, a bit less than the $106,588 earned in 2007. Those who work for pharmaceutical/healthcare manufcturers earn the highest annual salaries at $137,010. However, perhaps conversely, a slightly higher number of respondents 83 percent compared to 79 percent last year - report being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with manufacturing as a career path. The survey of 1,350 respondents found that most manufacturing managers work in the metals industry (12 percent), followed by automotive (10 percent) and industrial machinery (9 percent). The survey indicates that the "average" manufacturing manager is a white male, 50 to 59 years old, with more than 25 years experience in the manufacturing industry. That manager is most likely to live in the North Central region of the United States, has been with his/her current company for six to 10 years, and has a bachelor's degree. More results from the survey, and comments from respondents, are available at IndustryWeek's website.