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Manufacturing Engineering

501 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
362 Master's Degrees Annually
#200 in Popularity
$99,410 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Manufacturing Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many manufacturing engineering graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 501
Master’s Degree 362
Graduate Certificate 30
Doctor’s Degree 13
Associate’s Degree 7
Basic Certificate 7

What Manufacturing Engineering Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to manufacturing engineering and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Manufacturing Engineering Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Manufacturing Engineering Majors

When studying manufacturing engineering, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Manufacturing Engineering Majors

A major in manufacturing engineering will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Manufacturing Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with manufacturing engineering:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Cost Estimators 10.5% $64,040
Energy Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists 9.7% $87,040
Industrial Engineers 9.7% $87,040
Manufacturing Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Mechatronics Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Validation Engineers 6.4% $96,980

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering?

501 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
15% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 501 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering in 2018, making it rank #200 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 85% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of manufacturing engineering majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Manufacturing Engineering Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 44
White 314
International Students 66
Other Races/Ethnicities 27

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Manufacturing Engineering, too. About 13.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Manufacturing Engineering Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering was $64,100 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $63,950 (25th percentile) and $64,400 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a manufacturing engineering degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Manufacturing Engineering majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $91,630 to $113,680 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Manufacturing Engineering Major  ( 91630 to 113680 )
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Some careers associated with manufacturing engineering require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to manufacturing engineering have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 3.6%
Some College Courses 1.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 57.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.4%
Master’s Degree 17.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.9%
Doctoral Degree 5.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.2%

Online Manufacturing Engineering Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 76 schools offered some type of manufacturing engineering program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 5 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 6 1
Post-Baccalaureate 5 0
Master’s Degree 41 13
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a manufacturing engineering grad is $99,410 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,190,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to manufacturing engineering.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483
General Engineering 11,245
Industrial Engineering 9,714
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 6,315
Materials Engineering 3,555
Systems Engineering 3,439
Other Engineering 2,900
Petroleum Engineering 2,818
Environmental Engineering 2,746
Operations Research 1,555
Agricultural Engineering 1,546
Engineering Science 1,509
Nuclear Engineering 1,050
Engineering Physics 1,028
Architectural Engineering 874
Construction Engineering 870
Robotics Engineering 755
Geoscience Engineering 510
Marine Engineering 506
Mining Engineering 434
Biological Engineering 400
Textile Engineering 359
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 348
Engineering Mechanics 329
Ocean Engineering 305
Metallurgical Engineering 218
Biochemical Engineering 124
Ceramic Engineering 111
Electromechanical Engineering 84
Surveying Engineering 73
Paper Science & Engineering 51
Forest Engineering 39
Engineering Chemistry 5

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