Plant Controller Salary

With just below two-thirds of Plant Controllers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Plant Controllers is $85K per year and can range from $59K on the lower end to $127K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Plant Controllers approaches anywhere from $59K on the lower end to $127K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Plant Controllers making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Plant Controllers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,704 - $113,828
(Median)
$58K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,686
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$17.62 - $40.81
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$18
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$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,704 - $113,828  
   
Bonus
$721 - $19,697  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $11,836  
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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$58,762 - $126,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 953
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Hourly Rate
$17.62 - $40.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$721 - $19,697  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $11,836  
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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$58,762 - $126,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Plant Controllers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include General Ledger Accounting and Human Resources. For most people, competency in Financial Analysis indicates knowledge of 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 $71K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. For Plant Controllers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. Plant Controllers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Plant Controllers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Plant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Fort Worth (+18 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). In Denver, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Grand Rapids and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 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%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 10%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

Cost Accounting
up arrow 4%

Budgeting
up arrow 4%

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

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 154 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: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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