General Motors (GM) is a multinational automobile manufacturer selling over 7.5 million vehicles annually in more than 120 countries. GM provides jobs for over 209,000 workers, whose salaries are primarily determined by job type. Final compensation can also be affected by experience, skills and certification.
According to the PayScale Report of GM worker salaries, as of December 2010, auto mechanics there earn a median of $18 per hour, journeymen electricians get $31.47, assembly-line workers get $29.49, millwrights receive $30 and assemblers receive $28.97. For salaried employees at GM, the median compensation is $79,665 per year for mechanical engineers, $83,182 for project engineers, $75,505 for industrial engineers, $80,785 for product development engineers, $79,992 for mechanical design engineers and $78,683 for manufacturing engineers.
According to the PayScale Report of GM salaries for December 2010, new employees there earn $53,500 annually, while those with one to four years of work make $64,160. After five to nine years, they get $75,043 and after 10 to 19 years, they receive $82,480. Those with 20 or more years; experience top out at $94,527.
Skills and specialties can also affect compensation at GM, according to PayScale. One of the highest-paying job titles is project management at $88,626 per year, because of the necessity of coordinating the staff, budgets and materials in the manufacturing process. Knowledge of Microsoft Office by office-support personnel is necessary for communicating and transmitting data through word processing, spreadsheets, email and presentations; facility in these programs earns the staffer a median annual salary of $79,431. Those skilled in engineering design earn $84,435.
According to the 2010 PayScale Report for GM, Six Sigma Greenbelt certification attests to an employee's ability to analyze and solve quality problems, earning her a median annual salary of $98,250. A Certified Professional Engineer earns a median of $89,889. An accountant who has passed the national Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and meets additional state requirements for certification makes $80,000.