I worked at an auto manufacturing plant in Kentucky for 17 years. The initial pay was 36,000 a year. When I left there in 2006 I had worked my self up the ladder to a Group Leader(supervisor) and was pulling in $100,000.00 per year with overtime. No college degree, just hard work. There were 4 more higher positions I could have went up to that would have put me in the $150,000 to $i75,000 per year range. NO degree required! Hard work in a factory with ambition will get you up there. I left because of the stress level.