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But a few days ago, we sat down and realized something: we haven’t actually broken down the numbers for you. Which is why we’re here today to show you how manufacturing really is the path to a well-paying career in Nebraska.
Here are a few key facts:
- The average yearly salary in the United States is $45,790 (as of 2012), and the average yearly salary in Nebraska is $39,869 (as of 2011)
- In contrast, the average yearly salary for workers in manufacturing in Nebraska is $52,395 (as of 2009), making the average yearly salary for workers in manufacturing higher than both the national average, and the average for Nebraska.
And we haven’t even gotten into education yet. The education aspect of a career in manufacturing is important, too:
- The average cost of a year’s tuition, room, and board at a four-year college is $20,896, and the average cost for the same at a two-year college is $8,451
- The full cost of a program of study at a community college or trade school is $67,482 less than a two-year school
- While graduates of manufacturing programs at two-year schools in Nebraska initially make less than graduates of four-year colleges, studies show that nationally, 39% of men with an educational certificate earn more than men with just an associate’s degree, and 24% earn more than men with a bachelor’s degree
- What’s more, 63% of STEM workers with associate’s degrees make more money than the average person with a bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences
As you can see, the numbers really speak for themselves. If you want a path to a well-paying career right here in Nebraska, manufacturing is a great option. You won’t have much (or any) student debt, you’ll be on the track to earning more than the national average, and you’ll have a rewarding, hands-on career that you can enjoy every day.
Although manufacturing may not be for everybody, there’s no denying that it’s a great option. And you can definitely quote us on that.
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