Career Outlook dot US
 Take a Career Interest Assessment
Select one or more of the above and then select the button.

Select an occupation below to see more details about that occupation. Select a column heading to sort the table by that column.

Manufacturing career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Packers and Packagers, Hand53-7064.00RCshort OJT0.17695,400$17,440$23,710
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders51-6042.00RCmod. OJT-2.863,500$17,680$25,560
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers51-6041.00RCAlong OJT-1.559,700$17,780$25,570
Helpers--Production Workers51-9198.00RCshort OJT-0.38419,200$17,930$26,010
Sewing Machine Operators51-6031.00RCmod. OJT-2.71153,900$18,060$24,680
Bakers51-3011.00RClong OJT0.7185,300$18,140$26,270
Sewers, Hand51-6051.00RACshort OJT-112,000$18,240$24,980
Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers49-9098.00RCIshort OJT0.95129,000$18,320$28,530
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6062.00RCmod. OJT-2.5914,300$18,630$26,950
Assemblers and Fabricators, all other51-2099.00Rmod. OJT0.48240,700$18,740$29,920
Production Workers, all other51-9199.00RCmod. OJT0.33236,200$18,780$31,520
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Woodworkers, all other51-7099.00Rmod. OJT012,900$18,800$32,130
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, all other51-6099.00Rshort OJT-1.1716,200$18,850$29,720
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders51-9111.00RCshort OJT0.1378,400$18,860$29,770
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood51-7041.00RCImod. OJT-0.150,000$19,020$29,190
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6063.00RClong OJT-2.6227,900$19,110$28,150
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand51-9031.00RCshort OJT-1.7715,800$19,120$28,850
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators51-9151.00RCmod. OJT-3.2628,800$19,170$30,720
Team Assemblers51-2092.00RCEmod. OJT-0.061,144,200$19,240$31,560
Fabric Menders, Except Garment49-9093.00Rmod. OJT-1.25800$19,290$25,840
Watch Repairers49-9064.00RCIlong OJT-2.592,700$19,320$37,110
Material Moving Workers, all other53-7199.00Rmod. OJT0.4723,600$19,340$37,060
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Machine Feeders and Offbearers53-7063.00RCshort OJT-0.34104,200$19,350$30,960
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing51-7042.00RCImod. OJT-0.2472,100$19,380$29,090
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers51-9123.00Rshort OJT-0.1717,500$19,390$31,210
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders51-6061.00Rmod. OJT-2.3911,700$19,450$27,660
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9193.00RCImod. OJT-0.118,800$19,690$31,490
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers49-9091.00RCmod. OJT-0.8634,900$19,720$34,260
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9192.00RCmod. OJT0.0518,500$19,770$29,910
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand51-9022.00RCmod. OJT-0.8729,900$19,800$30,370
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic51-9195.00RAmod. OJT-0.641,400$19,800$31,690
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, all other51-4199.00RCmod. OJT-1.6522,400$19,840$35,910
Furniture Finishers51-7021.00RAlong OJT-0.2317,100$19,840$30,920
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Upholsterers51-6093.00Rlong OJT-0.4342,200$19,940$33,550
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners49-9063.00RAIlong OJT0.358,600$19,960$38,590
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4072.00RCImod. OJT-2.49129,500$20,000$31,510
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6064.00RCmod. OJT-2.1926,000$20,110$27,580
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers51-2022.00RCshort OJT-0.49207,200$20,240$33,260
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators51-2091.00RCImod. OJT-0.3119,200$20,380$30,760
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers51-2021.00RCshort OJT-0.5414,900$20,390$32,990
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters51-7011.00RClong OJT0.1298,100$20,550$33,980
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4193.00RCmod. OJT-1.8636,100$20,730$32,930
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4031.00RCmod. OJT-2.06192,200$20,800$33,030
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9032.00RCmod. OJT-0.8263,600$21,010$33,250
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9041.00RCImod. OJT-1.3568,200$21,040$34,030
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders51-9191.00RCmod. OJT-0.7118,400$21,040$33,750
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics49-3053.00RCmod. OJT0.4632,300$21,090$34,520
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers51-9061.00CRmod. OJT-0.02496,600$21,140$39,410
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9196.00RCmod. OJT-1.0891,900$21,140$37,160
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers51-6092.00RAClong OJT-2.595,400$21,270$49,040
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4033.00Rmod. OJT-2.1871,400$21,280$34,560
Model Makers, Wood51-7031.00RAClong OJT02,600$21,330$38,330
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers51-6091.00Rmod. OJT-1.3920,100$21,380$34,190
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9121.00RCImod. OJT-0.0797,700$21,400$33,610
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9021.00RCImod. OJT-0.7630,200$21,440$35,560
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4021.00RCmod. OJT-2.4473,400$21,580$34,580
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers51-9071.00RA1,2 year-1.1339,800$21,640$42,380
Home Appliance Repairers49-9031.00RCIlong OJT-0.3446,400$21,650$38,820
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General49-9071.00RCImod. OJT0.611,374,700$21,700$38,950
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9023.00RCImod. OJT-0.47125,100$21,730$36,410
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers51-2023.00RCIshort OJT-0.5347,200$21,880$35,140
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers49-9061.00RCImod. OJT0.273,700$21,920$42,510
Pourers and Casters, Metal51-4052.00RCmod. OJT-2.659,800$22,030$35,390
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4081.00Rmod. OJT-0.2599,800$22,040$35,380
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, all other49-9099.00Rmod. OJT0.43163,500$22,060$41,120
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers49-2011.00RCI1,2 year0.24131,600$22,230$38,990
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4022.00RCImod. OJT-2.1321,600$22,250$36,910
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners51-4194.00RCmod. OJT-1.7411,500$22,310$37,590
Foundry Mold and Coremakers51-4071.00RCmod. OJT-2.7512,000$22,370$33,930
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers49-2097.00RC1,2 year0.2429,600$22,440$39,670
Patternmakers, Wood51-7032.00RIAlong OJT01,800$22,540$41,550
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders51-9051.00RCmod. OJT-0.9620,900$22,620$36,970
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers49-9094.00RCmod. OJT-1.4820,900$22,770$41,270
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4032.00RCImod. OJT-2.0817,800$22,790$37,660
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic51-4062.00RCImod. OJT-2.373,800$22,930$41,500
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9012.00RCImod. OJT-0.1143,800$23,150$41,210
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4034.00RICmod. OJT-242,900$23,520$38,080
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4191.00RCmod. OJT-1.9221,300$23,780$38,420
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4035.00RCmod. OJT-2.0522,400$23,830$39,620
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-4122.00RCmod. OJT-1.859,500$23,950$37,590
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic51-4011.00RCmod. OJT1.75148,800$24,410$38,720
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters51-2093.00RCmod. OJT-0.591,700$24,480$41,510
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers49-2092.00RC1,2 year0.3619,300$24,780$43,760
Tire Builders51-9197.00RCmod. OJT-1.3818,100$24,950$40,230
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4023.00RCmod. OJT-1.3633,700$25,060$41,200
Machinists51-4041.00RCIlong OJT0.98399,700$25,230$42,120
Semiconductor Processors51-9141.00RCIAssociate-0.8325,300$25,310$37,600
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic51-4061.00RICmod. OJT-2.16,200$25,610$48,210
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers51-2031.00RCshort OJT039,000$25,790$41,750
Painters, Transportation Equipment51-9122.00RCmod. OJT0.5954,300$25,790$44,920
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers51-4121.00RClong OJT0.36397,900$25,940$40,970
Maintenance Workers, Machinery49-9043.00RCIshort OJT0.8291,200$26,650$44,540
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks43-5061.00CEshort OJT0.21304,600$27,190$48,210
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9011.00RCmod. OJT-0.8366,300$27,390$49,640
Medical Equipment Repairers49-9062.00RICAssociate0.648,000$28,290$49,400
Lay-Out Workers, Metal and Plastic51-4192.00RCImod. OJT-2.0113,400$28,410$46,430
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, all other49-9069.00Rlong OJT0.1612,800$30,020$54,110
Radio Mechanics49-2021.00RIC1,2 year0.5913,600$30,490$52,940
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers51-2011.00Rlong OJT-0.4940,600$30,930$51,040
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Industrial Machinery Mechanics49-9041.00RIClong OJT1.8332,200$31,870$51,470
Plant and System Operators, all other51-8099.00RClong OJT-0.3411,900$31,900$55,530
Tool and Die Makers51-4111.00RIClong OJT-1.377,800$32,010$51,130
Millwrights49-9044.00RCIlong OJT1.5240,900$32,210$52,650
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic51-4012.00CIRlong OJT1.9125,100$32,330$51,630
Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons49-9045.00RCImod. OJT01,800$32,630$48,920
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers51-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.31606,900$33,390$59,930
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment49-2094.00RIC1,2 year067,800$34,570$56,670
Chemical Plant and System Operators51-8091.00RClong OJT-0.9238,100$36,090$59,070
Boilermakers47-2011.00RClong OJT0.9217,400$36,810$60,660
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers49-1011.00ECRwork exp.0.54447,100$37,940$65,890
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Power Distributors and Dispatchers51-8012.00RIClong OJT-0.5311,400$53,370$80,400
Industrial Production Managers11-3051.00ECBachelor-0.37173,400$56,640$103,720
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators51-8011.00RCElong OJT-0.137,500$66,520$88,820

* data not available



Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2014 to 2024. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2014 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2016. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2016. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




Comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcome. WebGuy -at- NcCareerOutlook.com



Brought to you by educators in the School-to-Work/Careers Section of the Association for Career and Technical Education