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Plant Controller Salary

The majority of Plant Controllers in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $58K to $126K per year, and the median is $84K per year. In the world of Plant Controllers, total cash compensation can vary between $58K and $126K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $12K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Plant Controllers is high. Male Plant Controllers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field.

$57,194 - $113,190
(Median)
$57K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,173
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$17.62 - $40.81
(Median)
$18
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,194 - $113,190  
   
Bonus
$509 - $19,526  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $11,960  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$58,317 - $125,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 923
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.62 - $40.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$509 - $19,526  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $11,960  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$58,317 - $125,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Plant Controller

  • Ensure policies and procedures are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Establish and maintain internal controls to support the financial infrastructure.
  • Present financial reporting and potential risk areas to senior management.
  • Oversee accounting, financial reporting, analysis and preparation of the consolidated financial statements, including schedules for tax compliance.

Common Career Paths for Plant Controller


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Although it's unusual, some Plant Controllers transition into jobs as Finance Directors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $102K per year, though. Many Plant Controllers advance into roles as Industrial Plant Financial Controllers or Finance Managers, but the median salaries are $9K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley Knowledge, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and Forecasting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like General Ledger Accounting and Human Resources. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know Cost Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Controller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $71K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $87K. Plant Controllers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $94K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $95K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Pittsburgh is home to an above-average pay rate for Plant Controllers, 17 percent higher than the national average. Plant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Grand Rapids (15 percent less) and Fort Worth (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Plant Controller Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Plant Controller Salaries




Forecasting
up arrow 15%

Budget Management
up arrow 7%


Budgeting
up arrow 4%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%

SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$88,000


General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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