Plant Controller Salary

With just below two-thirds of Plant Controllers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $57K to $124K per year and averages out to $83K per year. In the world of Plant Controllers, overall income ranges from $57K near the bottom to $124K at the top; this can include more than $19K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Plant Controllers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men working as Plant Controllers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,595 - $111,773
(Median)
$57K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,434
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$17.69 - $40.64
(Median)
$18
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,595 - $111,773  
   
Bonus
$494.35 - $19,492  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $10,137  
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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$57,377 - $124,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 900
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.69 - $40.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$494.35 - $19,492  
   
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $10,137  
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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$57,377 - $124,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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.

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Popular Skills for Plant Controller


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Knowledge and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 16 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $70K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $86K. On average, Plant Controllers make $94K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Plant Controllers, Pittsburgh offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Plant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Grand Rapids (16 percent lower) and Fort Worth (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Plant Controller Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Plant Controller Salaries




Forecasting
up arrow 12%

Budget Management
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Financial Analysis
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Financial Reporting
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SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
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National Average
$88,000

Human Resources
up arrow 4%

General Ledger Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%