Plant Engineer Salary

Plant Engineers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up close to one-half of Plant Engineers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $111K per year, but expected earnings average $78K annually. Cash earnings for Plant Engineers — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $111K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Plant Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,150 - $102,869
(Median)
$50K
$78K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,617
10%
50%
90%

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$10.56 - $32.01
(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
$50,150 - $102,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,226  
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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$49,256 - $110,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 449
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.56 - $32.01  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $47.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,226  
   
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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$49,256 - $110,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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. A lot of Plant Engineers advance their careers by becoming Mechanical Engineers and Maintenance Managers. However, those positions offer $17K less and $20K less per year on average.

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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 Budget Management, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Plant Maintenance, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those educated in Plant Maintenance tend to be well versed in Budget Management and Engineering Design. People who know Project Management usually 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $67K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $82K. For Plant Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $89K. 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 $91K.

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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries




National Average
$80,000


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
$80,000

AutoCAD
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
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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