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Plant Superintendent Salary

The majority of Plant Superintendents in the United States — approximately two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $49K to $111K per year, and the median is $73K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $13K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Plant Superintendents can bottom out near $49K or peak near $111K depending on individual performance. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Plant Superintendents like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,750 - $100,967
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,999
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50%
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$14.85 - $40.47
(Median)
$15
$22
$40
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,750 - $100,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,774  
Profit Sharing
$1,077 - $11,920  
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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$48,995 - $110,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $40.47  
   
Overtime
$24.20 - $59.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,774  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,077 - $11,920  
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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$48,995 - $110,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Plant Superintendent

A plant superintendent is responsible for overseeing all aspects of their plant, including budget, maintenance, quality control, receiving and shipping, and day-to-day operations. They frequently prepare the plant’s budget for the year, as well as recruit and hire direct subordinates. Other tasks performed by the plant superintendent include tracking plant maintenance, monitoring costs and expenses, ensuring quality standards are met, and working with staff on the plant floor to directly oversee quality and determine areas for potential improvement. Additionally, plant superintendent must work closely with the environmental health and safety manager to make sure employees know and follow safety policies, policies on waste disposal, and any other relevant laws and plant rules.

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Plant Superintendent Tasks

  • Enforce all state and federal regulations in regards to plant operation and employee safety.
  • Manage all plant personnel under Plant Manager, acting as Plant Manager in absence.
  • Identify problems with manufacturing process and recommend improvements for optimum productivity.
  • Oversee day-to-day manufacturing and processes of the plant.
  • Analyze data to pinpoint weaknesses in manufacturing and compile data reports.

Common Career Paths for Plant Superintendent


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Plant Superintendents who go on to become Plant Managers of Manufacturing may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Plant Manager of Manufacturing, an upper-level role, pays $80K.

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Plant Superintendents usually report a few specific skills. Production Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $67K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $70K on average. Plant Superintendents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $79K. Plant Superintendents who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Plant Superintendent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Plant Superintendent Salaries

Production Management
up arrow 14%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%