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Five Engineering Jobs in Manufacturing and Distribution That Are Hot Right Now 

Posted by KC Hall on Sep 10, 2015 8:01:32 AM

Kansas City, Kan.— In Manufacturing & Distribution, some Engineering jobs are especially hot right now, seeing much higher pay increases than the national average increase of 2.9 percent, according to the 2015 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution survey results. The top 5 Engineering “hot jobs” in Manufacturing & Distribution:

  1. Test Engineers, Level 1, who develop product test protocols, processes, and standardized report forms saw an average base rate increase of 6.72 percent in 2015. Employers also reported a hire-on increase of 8.42% from the previous year.
  2. Plant Engineering Managers plan and direct activities related to design, construction, modification, and maintenance of equipment and machinery in an industrial plant. Those in this position saw an average base rate increase of 6.34 percent in 2015. Employers also reported a significant flat dollar bonus increase for this position, up 24.56 percent from the previous year.
  3. Design Engineers, all levels, had significant increases in compensation as reported by employers. For designing and developing new or existing products, Level 2 Design Engineers received an average base rate increase of 4.51 percent. For Design Engineers, Level 3, employers reported a flat dollar bonus increase up 20.64% from the previous year.
  4. Applications Engineers, Level 1, analyze and determine engineering modifications and changes needed to fulfill customers' requirements. For this position, employers reported an average hire-on increase of 9.41 percent in 2015.
  5. Quality Control Engineers, Level 3, ensure product quality by directing and checking the work of team members through product testing, and they participate in all phases of product development. For this position, employers reported an average increase of 5.16 percent in total compensation for 2015. This position also had a flat dollar bonus increase, up 19.83% from the previous year.

"Knowing which jobs are hot allows employers to position themselves more competitively," said Amy Kaminski, Vice President, for Compdata Surveys & Consulting. "It’s important for them to look beyond just base pay to make sure they can attract and retain top, in-demand talent."

About the Survey

Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2015. More than 750 titles were surveyed ranging from entry-level to top executives, with data collected from nearly 25,000 manufacturers and distributors across the country. 

Since 1988, Compdata Surveys & Consulting has provided HR professionals with the compensation tools they need to stay competitive. With an extensive pay and benefits database and experienced compensation consultants, we are a full-service firm providing innovative solutions to complex compensation challenges. Thousands of organizations provide data in each of our 12 industry-specific surveys every year, ensuring the reliability of our results. For more information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact KC Hall at (800) 300-9570.


Topics: compensation, Manufacturing & Distribution, Hot Jobs, Survey Results

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