Plant Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Plant Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $78K per year. With some bonuses approaching $13K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Plant Engineers spread between $49K and $112K depending on individual performance. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Plant Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$50,781 - $104,482
(Median)
$51K
$78K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,917
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90%

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$14.12 - $30.25
(Median)
$14
$24
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,781 - $104,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,043  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $10,186  
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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$49,299 - $112,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $30.25  
   
Overtime
$15.67 - $45.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$710 - $10,186  
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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$49,299 - $112,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 some Plant Engineers become Manufacturing Engineering Manager, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $94K. Plant Engineers most frequently advance into Mechanical Engineer and Maintenance Manager roles even though the median salaries are $16K lower and $20K 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 Budget Management, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Plant Maintenance, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Most people familiar with Plant Maintenance 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $67K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $83K. Plant Engineers bring in $89K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


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
$79,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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