Manufacturing workers receive 17 percent higher total hourly compensation than those in nonmanufacturing sectors, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration's The Benefits of Manufacturing jobs, which studies wages and benefits of manufacturing works.

This higher figure also includes premiums in wages as well as employer-provided benefits, such as health insurance and retirement plans. 

The report also reveals that there are more manufacturing workers with at least a high school diploma, and now 53 percent of all manufacturing workers have some college education. Today's manufacturing jobs have a greater focus on science, technology, engineering and math than nonmanufacturing industries. In fact, 32 percent of college-educated manufacturing workers have jobs in these areas compared to 10 percent in nonmanufacturing positions.

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