The manufacturing sector is the backbone of Minnesota's economy, thanks to its strength, versatility and innovation.
On this page, you’ll find some key statistics about the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.
Number of manufacturing employees in Minnesota
Average annual compensation
($64,344.46 for non-farm businesses)
of the Minnesota workforce is in manufacturing
With 41,983 jobs at 1,177 business establishments, manufacturing represented 15.1 percent of all regional jobs in Central Minnesota in 2019.
Average annual wages: $54,943
Manufacturing was the second largest-employing industry sector in the Metro Twin Cities area in 2019, supplying over 173,066 jobs at 4,059 establishments.
Average annual wages: $78,312
The manufacturing sector is a key employer in Northeast Minnesota. With 8,902 jobs at 343 establishments, it represents 6.2 percent of all employment in the area in 2019.
Average annual wages: $61,540
At 29,473 jobs and 827 establishments, manufacturing represented 13.2 percent of all regional jobs during 2019.
Average annual wages: $52,699
In 2019, manufacturing was the second-largest employment sector in Southeast Minnesota, with 38,733 jobs at 675 establishments, which represented 15.7 percent of all regional jobs.
Average annual wages: $61,468
In Southwest Minnesota, 22 percent of the area’s total employment is in the manufacturing sector.
Average annual wages: $52,795