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.org).”
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:
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