10-. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Washington
From 2014 – 2015, the average income for workers increased by 5%. They earned about $49,000 after accounting for housing costs. Plus, Washington has no state income tax.
9. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin
A quarter of all workers, 22,000, are employed in manufacturing. Paper and transportation equipment are the most popular industries, with 4,776 and 4,679 workers.
8. Amarillo, Texas
From 2010 – 2015, the average manufacturing worker saw their income grow by almost 39%, the eighth-fastest rate in the study. From 2014 – 2015, that median income increased by 25%, the third-fastest rate in the study and fastest in the top 10.
7. Napa, California
Domaine Chandon 1
About 11,500 people are employed in the industry in Napa, with employed by wineries. After paying for housing the average worker earns around $51,000, but Income taxes are very high in this state.
6. Greenville, North Carolina
The average worker in 2015 earned 27% more than in 2010.From 2014 to 2015, the average income rose 18.5%. However only 9.4% of workers in this metro area work in the manufacturing.
5. Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Kentucky
Akebono Brake Corp.
In 2015, 7,000 people work in manufacturing about 17% of all workers. From 2010 to 2015, the number of jobs grew 41%.
4. Rockford, Illinois
Rockford Area Aerospace Network
About 25% of all workers are employed in the sector. After housing costs, the average worker takes home $54,000.
3. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
From 2010 to 2015, the number of jobs grew by 55%. Over that same time period incomes for workers grew by 31%.
2. Greenville-Anderson-Maulin, South Carolina
From 2010 – 2015, the number of jobs grew by 37.8%. From 2014 to 2015 income grew by 14.7%.
1. Talladega-Sylacauga, Alabama
Honda of Alabama
Over 39% of the workforce here is employed in manufacturing. Considering the area’s average housing costs, the salary of $58,461 is good.