Industrial and manufacturing managers make decisions that affect how and when products are manufactured, who they are sold to, and how they get there. Managers working in industrial settings typically have at least a bachelor's degree in either industrial engineering, logistics or business administration, and usually have several years of industry experience before becoming managers. Pay expectations depend on a manager's specific position.
Engineering managers are usually in charge of scientific research and development. As of 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that architectural and engineering managers earned an average of $133,240 per year, with half of all architectural and engineering managers in the U.S. earning between $100,040 and $154,990 per year. Across the nation, average annual pay by state ranged from a low of $99,550 in North Dakota to a high of $163,470 in Alaska.
Production managers oversee the manufacturing process. They make decisions about what types of materials to use, and how a product can best be produced. As of 2012, industrial production managers brought home an average annual salary of $97,490, with salaries for the median-earning 50 percent of production managers ranging from $69,040 to $116,310 per year. The lowest average pay for production managers in the U.S. was reported by those working in Hawaii, $71,840. Those working in New Jersey earned the highest average pay by state: $119,730 per year.
Logistics managers oversee the manufacturing supply chain. They make decisions affecting where materials are sourced from, and how best to store and ship finished products to wholesalers and distributors. According to the BLS, logistics managers made an average of $88,920 per year. Annual pay for half of logistics managers working in the United States ranged from $62,590 to $107,540. By state, average pay ranged from a low of $67,020 in West Virginia to a high of $124,420 in the District of Columbia.
Due largely to a decades-long decline in manufacturing, jobs for manufacturing and industrial managers are expected to grow at rates slower than the national average for all occupations, 14 percent. By comparison, jobs for industrial production and engineering managers are expected to grow at a rate of 9 percent, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for logistics managers to grow at a rate of 10 percent. Applicants with formal education and several years of experience in their respective industries will have the best chances of being promoted to management.