More than two-thirds of Plant Controllers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $66K to $133K per year, but median earnings come to around $88K per year. Cash earnings for Plant Controllers — including $20K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $66K to $133K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Plant Controllers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up a slight majority of Plant Controllers (56 percent) who responded to the survey.

$64,469 - $119,430
(Median)
$64K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,562
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,469 - $119,430  
   
Bonus
$1,513 - $20,408  
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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$65,810 - $132,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$33.00  
   
Overtime
$30.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,513 - $20,408  
   
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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$65,810 - $132,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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


Plant Controllers seem to exploit 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 between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, General Ledger Accounting, and Budget Management. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know Cost Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Controller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Plant Controllers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $89K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plant Controllers make a median salary of $97K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $102K on average.

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Experience Affects Plant Controller Salaries



National Average
$93,000



Skills That Affect Plant Controller Salaries




Accounting
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Budgeting
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Forecasting
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Cost Accounting
0%

National Average
$93,000

Financial Analysis
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Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance Audit
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Financial Reporting
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Budget Management
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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