Modest improvements in the economy are starting to become more evident as salaries for many jobs in manufacturing and distribution slowly continue to creep upwards. The 2011 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution survey results found shipping and receiving clerks are earning an average of $31,800 per year. That’s a 1.9% increase since 2010.
Production scheduler salaries have gone up nearly two percent since 2010 to $46,500 per year, while forklift operators, production workers and packers have seen increases of less than one percent over the past year. The pay for tool and die makers has remained steady since 2010 at $47,300. Warehouse managers saw above average salary increases of 3.3% over the last year, earning them $69,600 in 2011. Conversely, the salary for quality assurance managers went from $81,900 in 2010 to $80,700 in 2011, representing a slight decrease of 1.5%.