Plant Controller Salary

Plant Controllers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $86K annually, but may range from $61K to $129K per year. Total cash compensation to Plant Controllers approaches anywhere from $61K on the lower end to $129K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Plant Controllers is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Plant Controllers making up 55 percent of survey respondents.

$59,444 - $117,137
(Median)
$59K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,611
10%
50%
90%

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$18.12 - $42.19
(Median)
$18
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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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

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

  • 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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Though it's uncommon, some Plant Controllers move into roles as Finance Directors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $104K per year.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 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.


Plant Controllers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $74K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $87K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. Plant Controllers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $98K.

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 also pay below the national average in Charlotte (13 percent lower) and Denver (11 percent lower).

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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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