Plant Controller Salary

Plant Controllers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about two in three of Plant Controllers. Salaries average out to around $89K annually and spread from $66K to $134K per year. In the world of Plant Controllers, total cash compensation can vary between $66K and $134K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $15K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plant Controllers. Men working as Plant Controllers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,034 - $120,620
$65K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,633
10%
50%
90%

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$19.65 - $43.75
$37
MEDIAN: $36.93
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,034 - $120,620  
   
Bonus
$2,016 - $19,757  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
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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$66,143 - $134,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 617
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$36.93  
   
Overtime
$45.50  
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
$2,016 - $19,757  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
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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$66,143 - $134,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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 some Plant Controllers become Finance Director, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $105K.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 between 4 percent and 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. Those educated in Financial Analysis tend to be well versed in Cost Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Controller

Pay by Experience for a Plant Controller has a positive trend. An entry-level Plant Controller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 126 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plant Controller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 181 salaries. An experienced Plant Controller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 306 salaries. A Plant Controller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 189 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,053

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Plant Controllers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Plant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cleveland (+13 percent), Detroit (+8 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Louisville (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, Wichita Plant Controllers have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Charlotte and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Plant Controller

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Plant Controller Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$94,000

▼3%

▼20%

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 69 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 4%