To compete, manufacturers need to further automate the production process and make it more cost-efficient. That has put talented mechanical engineers and robotics engineers in the catbird seat career-wise.
Those with five to eight years' experience can make between $80,000 and $110,000, said Greg Lee, managing partner of WorldBridge Partners, a member firm of the MRINetwork.
If they're managers and certified in Lean Manufacturing, which uses techniques to streamline production, boost product quality and reduce costs, they can make between $110,000 and $130,000.
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