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Average Compensation for Warehousing, Plant, Maintenance, and Engineering Professionals (2003)

Even in today's difficult economy, it's smart to keep an eye out on what you earn

When you open your check a couple of times a month, how do you know you're getting what you're worth? While a one-size-fits-all approach to compensation comparison probably won't give you any more than a general idea, it's worthwhile to take a look at what warehousing and manufacturing professionals across the country are earning.

We visited two of the leading compensation websites, www.salary.com and www.payscale.com to do comparisons based on national median averages. If you want to visit the site, you can drill down into your region and other factors that may affect your compensation.

According to Salary.com, the average Warehouse Manager is paid a median base salary of $50,046. The site describes the duties of a warehouse manager as follows: Manages all warehouse activities. Manages the warehouse ensuring the receipt, co-ordination and safety of goods coming through a warehouse. Also ensures that orders arrive and are dispatched on time to the appropriate destinations and in the expected quantities. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with 5-7 years of experience in the field or in a related area. He's familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. A degree of creativity and latitude is required. Leads and directs the work of others. Typically reports to a senior manager.

A Plant Manager earns a median salary of $72,000 annually, according to www.payscale.com

Salary.com describes a Warehouse Supervisor as someone who: Supervises the receiving, storing, packing, and shipping of merchandise or materials. Maintains stock records and schedules. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with at least 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. He is familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Typically reports to a manager. The site reports that a warehouse supervisor on average earns $38,628 annually in the United States.

The site reports that a typical Warehouse Worker in the United States earns a median base salary of $25,574.

Industrial Engineers: Salary.com splits up Industrial Engineers into five levels, each with its own skill-set description and salary range. Median incomes range from $49,369 for Level I engineers to $82,429 for Level V engineers.

Industrial Engineering Managers, according to www.salary.com, earn a median average of $64,878 in the U.S. Plan and oversee layout of equipment, office, and production facilities. Conducts studies in operations to maximize workflow and spatial utilization. Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering and at least 8 years of experience in the field or in a related area. They are familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Generally manages a group of industrial engineers. Typically reports to an executive or head of a unit/department. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

A typical U.S. Maintenance Supervisor earns a median base salary of $53,497. This position is often called Building Supervisor or Building-and-Grounds Supervisor. He Supervises and coordinates the work of employees who repair and maintain buildings/facilities. Prepares work schedules, assigns work, and oversees the work product.

If you don't your position listed here, it's easy to find comparison salaries, benefits, and other compensation studies online through Google searches or sites like the ones mentioned above. You can often adjust the study to take region, specific skills, number of direct reporting employees, levels of responsibility, and years of experience into account.