Salary Survey Results

2013 Results

Results of the ninth annual Plastics Salary and Trends Survey conducted by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Gros Executive Recruiters, are displayed below.

“While pay raises are still scarce, the job scare has ended, and our survey indicates that a change is inevitable,” said Dennis Gros, president of Gros Executive Recruiters. “Trust me—plastics industry employees expect a raise this year.”

Conducted during the April and May, 2013, this survey gathered responses from 2,144 plastics professionals about their compensation in 2012 and their outlook for 2013. Click here for additional insight into the survey and its results

Job title Avg Total Min total Max Total
Accounts Payable/Receivable $41,071 $25,000 $56,250
Advertising or Marketing Specialist $61,250 $28,750 $102,500
Applications Engineer, in the field $99,091 $25,000 $165,000
Applications Engineer, in the office $88,043 $36,250 $125,000
Chief Executive Officer $201,875 $25,000 $500,000
Chief Financial Officer $206,094 $76,250 $500,000
Chief Operating Officer $137,708 $25,000 $250,000
Color Specialist $66,719 $41,250 $87,500
Controller $83,125 $41,250 $125,000
Die Designer $48,750 $26,250 $61,250
Engineering Director $151,051 $25,000 $325,000
Engineering Manager $109,551 $28,750 $210,000
Facility or Building Manager $84,583 $53,750 $112,500
Finance VP or Director $110,313 $71,250 $175,000
General Manager $140,250 $25,000 $500,000
Industrial Engineer $97,500 $73,750 $125,000
Inside Sales $65,714 $38,750 $87,500
Lab Technician $65,909 $31,250 $135,000
Machine Designer $40,250 $25,000 $71,250
Maintenance Manager, process machinery $85,515 $63,750 $135,000
Maintenance Specialist, process machinery $63,750 $53,750 $78,750
Manufacturing Director $142,917 $56,250 $250,000
Manufacturing Engineer $80,615 $25,000 $175,000
Manufacturing Engineering Manager $106,184 $51,250 $195,000
Manufacturing Manager $90,388 $25,000 $230,000
Manufacturing VP $154,688 $92,500 $250,000
Marketing Manager $122,091 $25,000 $290,000
Materials Engineer $94,155 $25,000 $165,000
Mold Designer $76,667 $46,250 $107,500
Moldmaker $64,519 $25,000 $102,500
Operations Director or Manager $120,882 $48,750 $210,000
Packaging Engineer $73,000 $36,250 $125,000
Plant Manager $113,125 $25,000 $290,000
Plant or building Engineer $79,375 $61,250 $97,500
President $237,604 $78,750 $500,000
Process Engineer $81,517 $25,000 $185,000
Product Designer or Engineer $89,982 $25,000 $210,000
Product Development VP or Manager $140,078 $28,750 $375,000
Product Manager or Product Specialist $105,781 $26,250 $230,000
Production Manager $75,729 $25,000 $125,000
Production Supervisor $59,896 $36,250 $97,500
Program Manager $106,991 $38,750 $210,000
Project Engineer $85,167 $25,000 $145,000
Purchasing Agent $74,792 $53,750 $92,500
Purchasing Director or Manager $107,500 $36,250 $230,000
Quality Director $109,250 $58,750 $175,000
Quality Engineer $96,442 $43,750 $145,000
Quality Manager $65,707 $25,000 $97,500
Quality Technician $51,042 $25,000 $107,500
R&D Engineer, chemicals, resins, additives $111,218 $25,000 $500,000
R&D Engineer, mechanical $96,824 $25,000 $195,000
R&D Engineer, other $95,840 $25,000 $195,000
Safety Manager $103,750 $56,250 $165,000
Sales and Marketing Director $155,199 $78,750 $325,000
Sales and Marketing VP $182,847 $82,500 $500,000
Sales Manager $114,337 $25,000 $195,000
Sales person or Account Manager $105,822 $26,250 $325,000
Shift Manager or Supervisor $79,688 $61,250 $102,500
Supply Chain Manager $89,000 $48,750 $125,000
Supply Chain VP or Director $296,667 $195,000 $500,000
Technical Support Manager $126,272 $25,000 $210,000
Technical Support, in the field $97,150 $25,000 $165,000
Tooling Engineer $90,216 $36,250 $175,000
Toolroom Manager $91,667 $71,250 $145,000