Designers Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

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

Average Annual Salary of Designers

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 designers 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) designers is $81,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid designers is $26,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
0.88% 4.54%
-0.23% -
0.41% -
2.77% -
0.77% -
- -

Compare Designers Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of designers 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 designers occupations is the motor vehicle manufacturing industry with an annual salary $94,600. The lowest paying industry is the grain and oilseed milling industry (annual salary $23,910). For detailed designers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

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

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 designers.