Plant Controller Salary

Plant Controllers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $85K annually on average but can range from $59K to $126K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Plant Controllers can bottom out near $59K or peak near $126K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Plant Controllers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. 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. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part.

$57,853 - $113,993

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$17.62 - $40.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,853 - $113,993  
   
Bonus
$789 - $19,672  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $11,836  
Total Pay (?
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$58,945 - $126,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 965
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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
$789 - $19,672  
   
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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$58,945 - $126,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Plant Controllers who become Finance Directors may see a small rise in pay. On average, Finance Directors earn $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 seem to wield many 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 12 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include General Ledger Accounting and Human Resources. Those proficient in Financial Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $87K. Plant Controllers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


For Plant Controllers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Plant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fort Worth (+18 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Grand Rapids and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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%

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 1%

Financial Analysis
0%

Financial Reporting
0%

National Average
$89,000


General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 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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