If you get satisfaction from making something, get excited about using new technology or if you just like to know how things work, a manufacturing career may be perfect for you.

Manufacturing is the process of changing raw or processed materials into products people can use.

Everyday, you enjoy things you may not realize were made in Florida. Behind every product and technology you use, there is a world of manufacturing. Today, in Florida, more than 18,389 different companies and 340,267 people work in the manufacturing field. These employees are making, on average, over $$63,853 a year!! That’s over $30 per hour, amazing!!!

This means that not just jobs, but manufacturing careers are being “Made in Florida,” by people like you, right now. If you get satisfaction by making something, get excited about using new technology, or you work well with teams of people, then the manufacturing industry may be the place for you, with a challenging job, great pay, and excellent benefits.

Manufacturing Output and Exports

  • Florida Total Manufacturing Output $37 ($billions, 2012)
  •  Manufacturing’s Share of Total Gross State Product 4.8%  (2012)
  •  Manufacturing Establishments in Florida 18,389 (2012)
  •  Manufacturing’s Share of Florida’s Exports 93% (2011)
  •  Total Employment Related to Manufactured Goods 111,200  Exports (2009)


2009-2012 Growth of Manufactured Goods Exports 50.8%

  • Employment and Compensation
  • Manufacturing Employment 340,267 (2011)
  • Manufacturing Employment (% Overall Private Non-Farm) 3.9% (2011)
  • Average Annual Compensation in Manufacturing $63,853 (2011)
  • Average Annual Compensation in Private Non-Farm $37,781 Sectors (2011)
  • Manufacturing Pay Premium $26,072 (2011)
  • $33.00 per hour.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Administration;  U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The diversity of Manufacturing in Florida includes: Food, beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Instruments, Metals and Plastics, Electronics and Technical Instruments, Aerospace components, Transportation, Household goods, Mining, Industrial and Construction Components.

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