Engineer Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare engineer salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) engineers is $143,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $88,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid engineers is $55,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of engineers in 108 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for engineer occupations is the manufacturing and reproducing magnetic and optical media industry with an annual salary $124,260. The lowest paying industry is the wood kitchen cabinet and countertop manufacturing industry (annual salary $63,270). For detailed engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Tobacco Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Footwear Manufacturing
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Beverage Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Paper Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
Animal Food Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Other Food Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Apparel Manufacturing
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Textile Mills
Sawmills and Wood Preservation
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Fabric Mills
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Printing and Related Support Activities
Printing and Related Support Activities
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Other Textile Product Mills
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Textile Product Mills
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Forging and Stamping
Textile Furnishings Mills
Machine Shops
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


Highest paying industries for engineers.