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Plant Engineer Salary (United States)

With approximately one-half of Plant Engineers 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 $50K to $108K per year and averages out to $76K per year. Total cash compensation to Plant Engineers approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $108K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plant Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Plant Engineer Salary (?
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$50,207 - $100,727
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MEDIAN: $75,778
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Plant Engineer Salary (?
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$10.40 - $32.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,207 - $100,727  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,403  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,271  
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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$49,537 - $108,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $32.72  
   
Overtime
$15.51 - $53.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,403  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,271  
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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$49,537 - $108,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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 is unusual to find Plant Engineers who move into roles like Manufacturing Engineering Managers — which pays $93K on average — but some manage to complete the transition. Many Plant Engineers choose to become Mechanical Engineers and Maintenance Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $15K less and $19K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer

Plant Engineers seem to require a number of specific 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 5 percent and 8 percent. Those educated in Plant Maintenance tend to be well versed in Budget Management and Engineering Design. The majority of those who know Project Management 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $67K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plant Engineers make a median salary of $86K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $89K.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$78,000
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Compared to the national average, Louisville Plant Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries

National Average
$78,000

Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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National Average
$78,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%