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Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive.

That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Detroit, Michigan in the most common roles in these industries.

We at Veryable understand that competing with local wages can be a huge effort for any business, because the market is always changing. We believe the business and the worker should agree on a wage rate that works for both of them.

Our on-demand labor marketplace gives businesses the ability to change the rates they offer with every work opportunity they post. This provides business users a unique testing ground for finding what is considered a competitive wage in their area. 

On this page, you will find the average hourly wages for the most common manufacturing and logistics roles both nationally and at the local level for Detroit, Michigan.

We collected and organized wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the following roles:

  • Helpers for production workers
  • Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
  • Machinists
  • Assemblers
  • Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
  • Industrial truck and tractor operators
  • Packers and packagers
  • Stockers and order fillers

 

Helpers for production workers (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $14.69
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $14.24
  • National average hourly wage: $14.68
  • National median hourly wage: $13.99

 

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $18.36
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $16.70
  • National average hourly wage: $20.67
  • National median hourly wage: $18.82

 

Machinists (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $21.84
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $21.01
  • National average hourly wage: $22.17
  • National median hourly wage: $21.36

 

Assemblers (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $20.00
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $17.90
  • National average hourly wage: $16.73
  • National median hourly wage: $15.55

 

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $15.77
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $14.97
  • National average hourly wage: $15.45
  • National median hourly wage: $14.19

 

Industrial truck and tractor operators (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $19.50
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $17.87
  • National average hourly wage: $18.24
  • National median hourly wage: $17.40

 

Packers and packagers (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $17.20
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $14.18
  • National average hourly wage: $13.31
  • National median hourly wage: $12.46

 

Stockers and order fillers (average wages)

  • Detroit average hourly wage: $14.30
  • Detroit median hourly wage: $12.74
  • National average hourly wage: $14.26
  • National median hourly wage: $13.16

 

Understanding local wages helps reduce turnover

Raising wages is a powerful lever to pull when you want to reduce turnover. Not only does it incentivize your workers to stick around, but it also attracts more talent. If your wages are below average, raising worker pay could be the quickest way to retain your workers.

Although raising wages is a great way to attract the talent you need, there are other ways to reduce turnover. For example, you could offer flexible schedules or offer non-cash incentives like leaderboards.

Read more about how to reduce turnover in manufacturing so you can keep your best workers around.

Steven Calhoun

Written by Steven Calhoun