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Manufacturing Pay

Update on the Earnings of New Hires in Manufacturing

This report, which updates analyses we published in 2013 and 2014, finds that the manufacturing sector continues to offer a pay premium relative to other industries.  Although this pay premium fluctuates with the business cycle, it has persisted over time for both new hires and incumbent workers, providing evidence that the manufacturing sector continues to offer good jobs for workers.

On Manufacturing Day, U.S. Commerce Department Unveils Report Showing Pay Premium Exists for Manufacturing

WASHINGTON – As "America's Data Agency," the Commerce Department today released a new report drawing on evidence from 10 federal data sets to show that a pay premium exists for workers in manufacturing industries. The report by the Economics and Statistics Administration's Office of the Chief Economist rebuts criticisms about the existence of a manufacturing pay premium, and based on the evidence, clearly demonstrates that manufacturing jobs pay better than jobs in other sectors, with earnings up to 32 percent higher.

Manufacturing Pays

Historically, manufacturing jobs have offered relatively high pay, good benefits, and job security. However, as the economy has changed, the manufacturing sector's reputation for offering higher-paying jobs has been called into question – but our research rebuts this criticism.  In a new short report  available on the Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Economist's website, we use ten federal datasets to compare the average pay of manufacturing employees to the average pay of private sector employees and find that a pay premium still exists.

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