For workers and families looking to secure great jobs and improve their standard of living, a manufacturing job could be the answer. The same is true for young people looking to launch a promising career. The modern American manufacturing worker is often also a high-tech worker with a rewarding, hands-on, well-paying job. In fact, the average manufacturing worker earns $81,289 annually in pay and benefits — well above the national average across all industries. Manufacturers are hiring, but the challenge is helping people get the skills they need to secure these jobs.