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Engineers, welders, technicians are among the high-quality jobs to be filled.

The new about job growth nationally may be tepid as many companies say they are still holding back hiring more workers, but the auto industry is bucking that trend. Automakers and parts companies are about to go on a hiring spree to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles.

As you're probably already aware, Ford CEO Alan Mulally earned well over $26 million last year. Fiat and Chrysler head Sergio Marchionne was next in the ranks of highest-paid CEOs among automakers with $17 million in compensation, and Nissan/Renault chief Carlos Ghosn was third at $13 million.