Plant Engineer Salary

Around half of Plant Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $49K to $110K per year, but median earnings come to around $78K per year. Final cash compensation to Plant Engineers varies from around $49K to approximately $110K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $11K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Plant Engineers is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,176 - $102,174
(Median)
$50K
$78K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,595
10%
50%
90%

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$10.62 - $31.87
(Median)
$11
$23
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,176 - $102,174  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,443  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $11,150  
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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$49,140 - $109,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.62 - $31.87  
   
Overtime
$15.51 - $53.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,443  
   
Profit Sharing
$505 - $11,150  
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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$49,140 - $109,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Plant Engineers do move on to become Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $94K per year. Many Plant Engineers go on to become Mechanical Engineers or Maintenance Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $17K lower and $20K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 8 percent. It is often found that people who know Plant Maintenance are also skilled in Budget Management and Engineering Design. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $67K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $82K. 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 that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $91K on average.

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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries



Plant Maintenance
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$79,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%
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