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Plant Controller Salary

Just under 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 $58K to $126K per year, and the average comes out to $84K annually. Cash earnings for Plant Controllers — including $19K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $58K to $126K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men make up a slight majority of Plant Controllers (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Work is enjoyable for Plant Controllers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$57,208 - $113,428
(Median)
$57K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,422
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$17.62 - $40.81
(Median)
$18
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,208 - $113,428  
   
Bonus
$515 - $19,450  
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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$58,334 - $125,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 934
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$515 - $19,450  
   
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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$58,334 - $125,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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Plant Controllers who become Finance Directors position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $102K per year. Plant Controllers most often advance into Industrial Plant Financial Controller and Finance Manager positions even though the median salaries are $9K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Plant Controllers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 14 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include General Ledger Accounting and Human Resources. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Cost Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Controller

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


For Plant Controllers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $87K. Plant Controllers see a median salary of $94K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Plant Controllers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $95K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Plant Controllers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Plant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and St. Louis (+4 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up 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 7%

Cost Accounting
up arrow 4%

Budgeting
up arrow 4%

SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
up arrow 2%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$89,000

Human Resources
up arrow 4%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 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: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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