How to Calculate Manufacturing Costs Per Square Foot

by Carter McBride; Updated September 26, 2017
Manufacturing costs per square foot is a unit rate.

If you are in a manufacturing business, your company will have manufacturing costs. These costs appear on your company's general ledger and are eventually transferred to the company's income statement. If part of your manufacturing process requires a factory, the total square footage of your factory will help you determine your manufacturing costs per square foot. Shrinking your manufacturing costs per square foot will save your business money and make it more efficient.

Items you will need

  • General ledger or income statement
  • Calculator
Step 1

Determine your manufacturing costs during the year. Your accountant will record these amounts in your general ledger and on your income statement. The costs include items such as factory overhead, wages for manufacturing workers and cost of goods produced. For example, assume your company paid $500,000 in manufacturing costs.

Step 2

Determine the total square footage of your factory. The square footage should be given in your purchase invoice for the factory or from blueprints used to construct the factory building. In the example, assume you have 25,000 square feet of factory space.

Step 3

Divide your manufacturing costs by the total square footage of your facility. In the example, 500000/25000 = 20. Your manufacturing costs are $20.00 per square foot.

About the Author

Carter McBride started writing in 2007 with CMBA's IP section. He has written for Bureau of National Affairs, Inc and various websites. He received a CALI Award for The Actual Impact of MasterCard's Initial Public Offering in 2008. McBride is an attorney with a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Connecticut.

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