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 $146,890. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $89,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid engineers is $56,200.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.45% 6.43%
0.95% -
1.47% -
1.54% -
1.19% -
- -

Compare Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of engineers in 116 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
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Tobacco Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Footwear Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Beverage Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Other Food Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
Animal Food Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Textile Mills
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
Apparel Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Sawmills and Wood Preservation
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Printing and Related Support Activities
Printing and Related Support Activities
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
Apparel Knitting Mills
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Textile Furnishings Mills
Textile Product Mills
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Other Textile Product Mills
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
Machine Shops
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Forging and Stamping
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


Highest paying industries for engineers.