Plant Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Plant Engineers earn an average of $79K annually. Total cash compensation to Plant Engineers bottoms out near $53K and approaches $118K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Plant Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,546 - $109,206
$58K
$79K
$110K
MEDIAN: $79,421
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$14.78 - $36.34
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$36
MEDIAN: $28.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,546 - $109,206  
   
Bonus
$974 - $14,870  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $11,920  
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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$52,900 - $118,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 297
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $36.34  
   
Overtime
$25.93 - $45.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$974 - $14,870  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $11,920  
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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$52,900 - $118,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Plant Engineer


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Although some Plant Engineers become Manufacturing Engineering Manager, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $96K. Many Plant Engineers advance into roles as Mechanical Engineers or Maintenance Managers, but the median salaries are $16K lower and $20K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer


Plant Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Budget Management, Project Management, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Engineering Design. Those proficient in Plant Maintenance are, more often than not, also skilled in Budget Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Plant Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Plant Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 156 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plant Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Plant Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 75 salaries. A Plant Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,328

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

With a pay rate for Plant Engineers that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Plant Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+13 percent) and Atlanta (+6 percent). Compared to the national average, Louisville Plant Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (12 percent lower) and Houston (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Plant Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries

▲20%

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$80,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries






Plant Maintenance
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$80,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 6%
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