Good Pay and Job Satisfaction. So Why Don’t People Believe in Manufacturing?

IndustryWeek is out with its 2015 salary survey, and as they say, it’s “enough to make you scream.”

salary surveyIn good news, it tells us a lot of what we know about manufacturing careers from an anecdotal perspective:

  • The vast majority of respondents (85%) said they were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with manufacturing as a career path
  • Starting pay is strong, with respondents who had 1-2 years experience having an average salary of $84,354

But in terms of challenges, it’s clear that same message isn’t making it out to the general public. The latest Public Perception of Manufacturing survey conducted by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte showed that only 37% of respondents would encourage their kids to enter a career in manufacturing. But at the same time, the overwhelming majority of Americans rank manufacturing as important to economic prosperity.

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance I’m preaching…

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