Male Plant Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $80K per year in the United States. Total cash compensation to Plant Engineers approaches anywhere from $52K on the lower end to $118K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,936 - $108,740
(Median)
$56K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,401
10%
50%
90%

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$14.64 - $38.48
(Median)
$15
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,936 - $108,740  
   
Bonus
$985 - $14,612  
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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$52,051 - $117,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 314
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $38.48  
   
Overtime
$21.12 - $50.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$985 - $14,612  
   
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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$52,051 - $117,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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 $95K per year, though. Many Plant Engineers choose to become Mechanical Engineers and Maintenance Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $18K less and $22K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer


Plant Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Budget Management, Project Management, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Engineering Design. Those familiar with Plant Maintenance also tend to 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $86K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Plant Engineers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $92K.

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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries




National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 2%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

Plant Maintenance
0%

National Average
$82,000

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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