Plant Controller Salary

Plant Controllers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Plant Controllers. Salaries average out to around $86K annually and spread from $61K to $129K per year. Overall cash earnings for Plant Controllers stretch from $61K on the lower end to $129K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plant Controllers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Plant Controllers making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$59,444 - $117,137
(Median)
$59K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,611
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50%
90%

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$18.12 - $42.19
(Median)
$18
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,444 - $117,137  
   
Bonus
$690 - $19,849  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $11,745  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$60,939 - $129,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,083
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.12 - $42.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$690 - $19,849  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $11,745  
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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$60,939 - $129,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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 some Plant Controllers become Finance Director, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $104K.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Plant Controllers seem to exploit a large range 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 11 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include General Ledger Accounting and Human Resources. Those educated in Financial Analysis tend to be well versed in Cost Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Controller

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


For many Plant Controllers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $74K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. Plant Controllers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Plant Controllers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,128

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Plant Controllers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Plant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+15 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), and Columbus (+4 percent). In Grand Rapids, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Charlotte and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plant Controller Salaries



National Average
$90,000



Skills That Affect Plant Controller Salaries




Forecasting
up arrow 9%

Budget Management
up arrow 5%

Budgeting
up arrow 4%

Cost Accounting
up arrow 3%

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

Financial Analysis
0%

Financial Reporting
0%

National Average
$90,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%


General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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