The average salary of a manufacturing engineer

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The average salary of a manufacturing engineer
A manufacturing engineer designs manufacturing processes. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A manufacturing engineer is involved in the design and operation of processes that convert raw materials into end products for the public or components for other manufacturers.The average salary for a manufacturing engineer varies based on location, industry, experience and college degree. According to a SalaryExpert survey salaries ranged from a high of £66,723 in Houston, Texas, to a low of £46,947 in Miami, Florida.

Average Entry Level Salaries

According to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers new college graduates can expect to earn between £29,250 and £38,350 per year as a starting salary for a manufacturing engineer straight out of college.

National Average Salary of Manufacturing Engineering

Salaries can vary greatly throughout the country but the national average salary for a manufacturing engineer from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile ranges from £34,260 to £47,202 according to a survey by PayScale. Along those same lines, according to a 2010 survey by Simply Hired, the median salary nationwide of a manufacturing engineer is £40,300.

Average Salary By Industry

Manufacturing engineers can work in a variety of manufacturing industries and the salaries vary slightly by industry. The aerospace manufacturing industry has the highest average salaries ranging from £35,262 to £47,548. Medical device manufacturing and aerospace and defence are very close with salaries of £34,753 to £47,177 and £34,559 to £48,094 respectively. And finally we have the salaries of manufacturing and distribution, ranging from £34,035 to £46,505 and automotive suppliers which range from £33,902 to £45,829.

Salary By Degree

The salary of a manufacturing engineer can also vary based on the college degree held. According to PayScale, the average salary of a manufacturing engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) ranges from £34,202 to £46,257. The range is considerably wider for a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology which is from £28,427 to £49,285. A Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology (BSIT) graduate can earn from £31,926 to £44,781. And a Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering (BSIE) degree is worth £34,405 to £44,792.

Salary Additions

Manufacturing engineers are often eligible for additions to their salary, like bonuses and profit sharing. The average bonus ranges from £780 to £3,277 per year. In addition to bonuses they also often receive profit sharing of between £656 and £2,534. Health insurance is provided by 91 per cent of employers, while 82 per cent of employers provide dental insurance and 60 per cent provide vision insurance.

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