Manufacturing

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Workforce
12.8M
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
43.8
Estimated Job Growth
−3.46%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$64,861
Average Male Salary
$69,742
Average Female Salary
$68,072

About

The top three occupations in the Manufacturing Industry Group are Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors, Other assemblers and fabricators, Other managers, Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, and Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand. On average, full-time employees in the Manufacturing Industry Sector work 44 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $67,245. Part-time employees in the same industry work 21.7 hours and earn an average annual salary of $26,256.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Manufacturing Industry Sector are Kosciusko & Marshall Counties PUMA, IN, Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange & Steuben Counties PUMA, IN, and Auglaize, Mercer & Van Wert Counties PUMA, OH. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Manufacturing.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Manufacturing Industry Sector. Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors are the most common position, but the Manufacturing Industry Sector employs a relatively high number of Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Manufacturing goes to Physicians.

Monthly Employment

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Y-Axis
6.34%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 12.3M people employed in the Manufacturing industry. This represents a 6.34% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

12.8M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 15.6M
0.506%
1 Year Growth
± 0.83%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 12.8M people employed in the Manufacturing Industry Sector in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Manufacturing Industry Sector has been growing at a rate of 0.506%, , from 15.5M people in 2018 to 15.6M people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Manufacturing by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors represent the largest share of positions held in Manufacturing at 6.16%, followed by Other assemblers and fabricators with 5.74% and Other managers with 4.7%.

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Wages

Average Salary

$64,861
AVERAGE WAGE
± $400

On average, employees in the Manufacturing Industry Sector make $64,861 per year. This number makes Manufacturing the 6 highest paying Industry Sector in the United States out of a total of 14 Industry Sectors.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Manufacturing Industry Sector.

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Wage Distribution

0.418
WAGE GINI

Manufacturing has a wage GINI of 0.418, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Manufacturing (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Manufacturing Industry Sector.

These are locations that employ more people in the Manufacturing Industry Sector than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Manufacturing Industry Sector.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Manufacturing Industry Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $69,742 and $68,072. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

4.61M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±51.9k
11M
MALE WORKFORCE
±78.3k

70.4% of workers in the Manufacturing Industry Sector are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Manufacturing Industry Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$69,742
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$498
$68,072
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$497

On average, Male workers in the Manufacturing Industry Sector make 1.02 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Manufacturing Industry Sector.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. White
  3. Two or More Races

On average, Asian employees in the Manufacturing Industry Sector earn 1.24 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Manufacturing Industry Sector.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Manufacturing Industry Sector. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Manufacturing has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Manufacturing Industry Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Manufacturing Industry Sector is Manufacturing.

In this flow diagram, all of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

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Intermediate Inputs

The Manufacturing Industry Sector gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Manufacturing Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The Manufacturing Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Manufacturing Industry Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Manufacturing Industry Sector for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Manufacturing industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 7.66% in the next ten years. The Manufacturing industry has a lower projected workforce growth at −3.46%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (16.4%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

−3.46%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
7.66%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Manufacturing. This industry is expected to grow less than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

16.4%
Estimate Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the Manufacturing industry.

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