Plant Engineer Salary

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 $111K per year and averages out to $78K annually. Total cash compensation to Plant Engineers bottoms out near $50K and approaches $111K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $13K from bonuses and almost $11K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report 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. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,194 - $103,263

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$10.62 - $31.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,194 - $103,263  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,553  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $11,150  
Total Pay (?
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$49,502 - $111,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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Hourly Rate
$10.62 - $31.87  
   
Overtime
$15.33 - $47.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,553  
   
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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$49,502 - $111,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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Although it's unusual, some Plant Engineers transition into jobs as Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $94K per year, though. Plant Engineers most frequently become Mechanical Engineers and Maintenance Managers even though median compensation is $17K lower and $20K lower, 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 3 percent and 7 percent. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include Engineering Design and Budget Management. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $83K. On average, Plant Engineers make $89K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $91K, 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
$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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AutoCAD
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National Average
$80,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

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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