Production Cost

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

Reviewed by Subject Matter Experts

Updated on April 12, 2023

Definition and Explanation

Production cost is also known as factory cost and cost of goods manufactured. It is the sum of prime cost and production overheads. This figure is presented in a special ledger account called the manufacturing account.

The figures disclosed in the trial balance of a manufacturing concern may relate to raw materials, direct labor, and factory overheads.

These figures are transferred from their respective accounts to the manufacturing account in the same way as figures relating to the purchase and sale of goods are transferred to the trading account.

The balance of the manufacturing account discloses the total cost of goods manufactured, which is then transferred to the trading account.


Prepare a manufacturing account from the information below. This information was taken from the books of a manufacturing concern.

Manufacturing Concern Information

In this example, depreciation on plant is to be provided at 12.5% of cost.


Manufacturing Account Solution

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About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

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