Plant Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Plant Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $78K annually. Total cash compensation to Plant Engineers bottoms out near $49K and approaches $112K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $13K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Plant Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,781 - $104,482
(Median)
$51K
$78K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,917
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$14.12 - $30.25
(Median)
$14
$24
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,781 - $104,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,043  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $10,186  
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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$49,299 - $112,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $30.25  
   
Overtime
$15.67 - $45.81  
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
$0.00 - $13,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$710 - $10,186  
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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$49,299 - $112,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Plant Engineer

A plant engineer works at the manufacturing or assembly facility in a management and supervisory position. They generally oversee operations and - depending on their company and whether it employs a senior plant engineer - may have the final say on how relevant manufacturing plant functions are performed.

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Plant Engineer Tasks

  • Ensures facility compliance with regulatory requirements, and continuous and relation operation.
  • Develops operational plans for facility projects; such as construction or renovation, HVAC, maintenance and machine installation.
  • Trains and assists plant personnel in safety and quality control procedures.
  • Reviews project plan including cost estimates, timelines, and blueprints; interpret and recommend changes to plans.

Common Career Paths for Plant Engineer


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For Plant Engineers, advancing into a Manufacturing Engineering Manager role, for which the median salary is $94K, is not common but it does happen. Many Plant Engineers go on to become Mechanical Engineers or Maintenance Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $16K lower and $20K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer


Survey results suggest that Plant Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Plant Maintenance, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Most people experienced in Plant Maintenance also know Engineering Design and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Engineer

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


Plant Engineers 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 $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $83K. Plant Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $89K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries



Plant Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$79,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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