Plant Controller Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of Plant Controllers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $59K to $126K per year, and the average comes out to $85K annually. Final cash compensation to Plant Controllers varies from around $59K to approximately $126K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $12K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. 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. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$57,651 - $113,488
(Median)
$58K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,603
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90%

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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 (?
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
Salary
$57,651 - $113,488  
   
Bonus
$700 - $19,592  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $11,878  
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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$58,700 - $126,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 949
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
$700 - $19,592  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $11,878  
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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$58,700 - $126,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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At the upper end, Plant Controllers who move into a Finance Director role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $102K per year. Plant Controllers most frequently advance into Industrial Plant Financial Controller and Finance Manager roles even though the median salaries are $9K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Survey takers working as Plant Controllers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Knowledge, and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include General Ledger Accounting and Human Resources. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also know Cost Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Controller

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. Plant Controllers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $94K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $95K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Fort Worth offers some of the highest pay in the country for Plant Controllers, 18 percent above the national average. Plant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Grand Rapids and Charlotte (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plant Controller Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Plant Controller Salaries




Forecasting
up arrow 11%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

Cost Accounting
up arrow 4%

Budgeting
up arrow 4%

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

Financial Analysis
0%

Financial Reporting
0%

National Average
$89,000


General Ledger Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 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
35%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

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