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Plant Engineer Salary

Plant Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $77K annually, but may range from $49K to $109K per year. Total cash compensation for Plant Engineers runs from $49K to $109K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $13K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,973 - $101,541
(Median)
$50K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,591
10%
50%
90%

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$10.47 - $32.32
(Median)
$10
$23
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$49,973 - $101,541  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,241  
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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$49,343 - $109,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.47 - $32.32  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,241  
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).
)
$49,343 - $109,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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 somewhat unusual to come across Plant Engineers who move on to become Manufacturing Engineering Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $94K. Plant Engineers most often move into Mechanical Engineer or Maintenance Manager roles. However, the former pays $16K less on average, and the latter pays $19K less.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer


Survey results suggest that Plant Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 10 percent. 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

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


For many Plant Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $67K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. Plant Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $89K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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AutoCAD
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National Average
$78,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%