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Earn more than the rest…

Posted by Bert Maes on July 8, 2009

One of my readers, Mr Mark Liechens, commented on the post “Report: Shortage of Skilled Workers in Manufacturing” that the primary problem is the “constantly declining pay scale” for jobs in the US manufacturing industry.

I’m convinced it is a persistent myth that manufacturing jobs are low-paid!

NAM report October 2007:
During the past 12 months, America’s manufacturing workers led all employees, earning 30% more than the average wage for the private sector workforce, according to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (

NAM report July 2009:
Manufacturing pays wages that are 25% higher than non-manufacturing jobs. The biggest challenges that manufacturers face today are costs and finding qualified workers to fill open positions.

>> And what about Europe?

I’m not an expert, but based on several OECD statistics and EUROSTAT databases, I estimate that manufacturing jobs in Europe pay average 6% to 9% more than non-manufacturing occupations:

Manufacturing Salaries Europe
This shows again there are some wide perception gaps about manufacturing in today’s world…

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5 Responses to “Earn more than the rest…”

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