Percent of Production Jobs in Selected Occupations
Percent of Non-Production Jobs in Selected Occupations
Average Wages and Total Compensation for Manufacturing Workers
Percent of Companies Providing Health Benefits in Selected Industries
Percent of Health Premiums Paid by Manufacturing Companies
Rate of Occupational Injuries in Manufacturing
Median Age of the Manufacturing Workforce
Percent of Manufacturing Workforce by Education Level
Percent of Manufacturing Workforce with a Bachelors Degree
Average High School Math & Science Scores in Selected Countries
Percent of Degrees in Engineering in Selected Countries
Today’s manufacturing employees earn higher wages and receive more generous benefits than other working Americans. In the fourth quarter of 2013, manufacturing employers paid $33.93 per hour in wages and benefits, while all employers in the economy paid $31.15 per hour, meaning that there is a 8.9 percent premium for working in manufacturing.
Most of the difference in compensation is due to the fact that manufacturers provide a higher level of benefits for workers than do other industries, including for paid leave, supplemental pay, and insurance. Although manufacturers are making workers more responsible for their own healthcare costs (as seen in other industries), employer-provided healthcare payments continue to grow faster than wages and salaries. Healthcare contributions by manufacturing employers increased 43 percent from 9 years ago but only had a 245 percent gain in wage and salary costs per hour over the same time period. Employer-provided healthcare imposes a significant disadvantage to manufacturing industries that have to compete internationally with countries where healthcare is paid for by general tax revenues.