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Plant Engineer Salary

With a little more than 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 $49K to $110K per year and averages out to $77K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $13K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Plant Engineers can bottom out near $49K or peak near $110K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plant Engineers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,263 - $102,177
(Median)
$50K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,310
10%
50%
90%

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$10.51 - $32.16
(Median)
$11
$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
$50,263 - $102,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,913  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $10,304  
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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$49,372 - $110,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.51 - $32.16  
   
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 - $12,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$505 - $10,304  
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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$49,372 - $110,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Plant Engineers move into roles as Manufacturing Engineering Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $94K per year. Plant Engineers most often move into positions as Mechanical Engineers or Maintenance Managers. Mechanical Engineers actually earn $16K less on average, however, and Maintenance Managers earn $20K less per year than Plant Engineers do.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer


Survey results imply that Plant Engineers put a diverse skill set 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 4 percent and 9 percent. Most people who know Plant Maintenance also know 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 Plant Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $81K. Plant Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. Plant Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $91K.

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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries



Plant Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$79,000

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%
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