Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Plant Engineers earn an average of $80K per year. Overall cash earnings for Plant Engineers stretch from $52K on the lower end to $118K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$56,276 - $109,526
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$80K
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MEDIAN: $80,042
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$14.81 - $36.17
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,276 - $109,526  
   
Bonus
$983 - $14,741  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $11,000  
Total Pay (?
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$52,337 - $118,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $36.17  
   
Overtime
$25.93 - $45.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$983 - $14,741  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $11,000  
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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$52,337 - $118,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Plant Engineer


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Although it's unusual, some Plant Engineers transition into jobs as Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $95K per year, though. Plant Engineers most frequently advance into Mechanical Engineer and Maintenance Manager roles even though the median salaries are $17K lower and $21K lower, respectively.

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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 Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Budget Management, Project Management, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Engineering Design. For most people, competency in Plant Maintenance indicates knowledge of 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $69K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $85K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Plant Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. For some reason, Plant Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $93K.

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Key Stats for Plant Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries




National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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