Salary Survey Results

2014 Results

The survey was distributed spring of 2014 by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastic Engineers. Participants were asked to provide information about their 2013 earnings. A total of 1,332 people participated in the survey.

Job title # of respondents Average base salary Average total cash comp. Average bonus, incentive, commission
Accounts Payable/Receivable 2 $47,500 $51,250 $3,750
Advertising or Marketing Specialist 3 $72,500 $80,000 $7,500
Applications Engineer, in the field 12 $94,271 $121,146 $26,875
Applications Engineer, in the office 12 $93,438 $104,063 $10,625
Chief Executive Officer 28 $164,866 $265,536 $100,670
Chief Financial Officer 2 $138,750 $196,250 $57,500
Chief Information Officer 1 $68,750 $76,250 $7,500
Chief Operating Officer 10 $162,125 $202,375 $40,250
Color Specialist 8 $51,563 $55,469 $3,906
Die Designer 2 $52,500 $52,500 $0
Engineering Director 34 $147,978 $172,574 $24,596
Engineering Manager 52 $110,144 $121,779 $11,635
Facility or Building Manager 2 $97,500 $105,000 $7,500
Finance VP or Director 4 $91,563 $100,000 $8,438
General Manager 39 $124,135 $157,340 $33,205
Industrial Engineer 5 $56,500 $61,000 $4,500
Inside Sales 1 $63,750 $63,750 $0
Lab Technician 10 $58,750 $69,375 $10,625
Machine Designer 1 $58,750 $58,750 $0
Maintenance Manager, process machinery 3 $58,333 $61,667 $3,333
Maintenance Specialist, process machinery 2 $46,250 $46,250 $0
Manufacturing Director 5 $161,000 $185,000 $24,000
Manufacturing Engineer 24 $76,979 $84,896 $7,917
Manufacturing Engineering Manager 10 $97,250 $108,000 $10,750
Manufacturing Manager 20 $95,000 $101,938 $6,938
Manufacturing VP 13 $135,962 $165,385 $29,423
Marketing Manager 33 $113,523 $137,727 $24,205
Materials Engineer 18 $86,597 $94,028 $7,431
Mold Designer 3 $58,750 $60,417 $1,667
Mold Technician 2 $35,000 $45,000 $10,000
Operations Director or Manager 13 $106,538 $120,192 $13,654
Packaging Engineer 2 $76,875 $79,375 $2,500
Planner or Scheduler 1 $43,750 $43,750 $0
Plant Manager 13 $102,596 $124,038 $21,442
Plant or building Engineer 1 $82,500 $82,500 $0
President 37 $146,926 $200,608 $53,682
Process Engineer 59 $76,886 $83,686 $6,801
Product Designer or Engineer 51 $83,897 $88,652 $4,755
Product Development VP or Manager 42 $133,125 $156,042 $22,917
Product Manager or Product Specialist 16 $133,047 $147,578 $14,531
Production Manager 5 $71,000 $77,000 $6,000
Production Supervisor 5 $62,500 $67,000 $4,500
Program Manager 18 $99,236 $110,833 $11,597
Project Engineer 43 $78,140 $84,913 $6,773
Purchasing Agent 2 $53,750 $53,750 $0
Purchasing Director or Manager 7 $118,929 $131,964 $13,036
Quality Director 5 $130,000 $145,500 $15,500
Quality Engineer 5 $77,000 $87,000 $10,000
Quality Manager 13 $74,231 $83,173 $8,942
Quality Technician 2 $41,250 $42,500 $1,250
R&D Engineer, chemicals, resins, additives 94 $102,141 $112,992 $10,851
R&D Engineer, mechanical 26 $98,029 $104,279 $6,250
R&D Engineer, other 39 $103,974 $111,538 $7,564
Safety Engineer 1 $135,000 $145,000 $10,000
Safety Manager 4 $95,625 $114,063 $18,438
Sales Manager 47 $98,165 $125,824 $27,660
Sales and Marketing Director 12 $125,625 $155,000 $29,375
Sales and Marketing VP 21 $140,714 $175,714 $35,000
Sales person or Account Manager 81 $93,627 $112,778 $19,151
Shift Manager or Supervisor 2 $62,500 $65,000 $2,500
Supply Chain Manager 1 $63,750 $68,750 $5,000
Supply Chain VP or Director 1 $125,000 $155,000 $30,000
Technical Support Manager 37 $114,899 $127,264 $12,365
Technical Support Toolroom Manager 1 $33,750 $38,750 $5,000
Technical Support, in the field 34 $93,051 $106,618 $13,566
Tooling Engineer 10 $78,625 $83,625 $5,000
Toolroom Manager 1 $82,500 $87,500 $5,000