Plant Controller Salary

With a little under three-quarters 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 $88K per year and can range from $66K on the lower end to $134K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Plant Controllers approaches anywhere from $66K on the lower end to $134K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Male Plant Controllers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. Most Plant Controllers like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$64,595 - $120,268
$65K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,355
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$20.00 - $43.00
$35
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,595 - $120,268  
   
Bonus
$2,011 - $19,985  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$65,819 - $133,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$35.00  
   
Overtime
$45.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,011 - $19,985  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$65,819 - $133,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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Job Description for Plant Controller

Plant controllers are responsible for administrative work in a factory environment, such as preparing financial statements, production-cost statements, and profit forecasts. Close attention to detail and strong mathematical skills are important in this position to prepare accurate reports, and some plant controllers may oversee the facility's accounting department. They may also audit invoices, charges, and financial statements and check labor reports, material costs, overhead, and distribution costs for accuracy.

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Plant Controller Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 $105K per year, though.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Plant Controllers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley Knowledge, SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Those listing Payroll Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. General Ledger Accounting and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. 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.


Plant Controllers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $75K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $90K. Plant Controllers see a median salary of $99K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,104

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

With a pay rate for Plant Controllers that is 21 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Plant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Nashville (+18 percent), Detroit (+14 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Cleveland (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (14 percent less) and Greenville (10 percent less).

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Key Stats for Plant Controller

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Plant Controller Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$94,000

▼5%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Plant Controller Salaries




Accounting
▲3%

▲1%

Cost Accounting
▼0%

Forecasting
▼0%

Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance Audit
▼0%

National Average
$94,000







Payroll Administration
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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