Plant Superintendent Salary

With just under two-thirds of Plant Superintendents in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Plant Superintendents is $75K annually and can range from $50K on the lower end to $116K per year near the higher end. In the world of Plant Superintendents, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $12K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $116K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Plant Superintendents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,363 - $105,517
(Median)
$51K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,129
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50%
90%

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$15.51 - $41.32
(Median)
$16
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,363 - $105,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $12,193  
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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$49,833 - $115,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 361
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $41.32  
   
Overtime
$25.63 - $62.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $12,193  
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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$49,833 - $115,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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.

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Plant Superintendents' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Plant Manager of Manufacturing. Median pay for Plant Managers of Manufacturing is $81K.

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Survey takers who work as Plant Superintendents report a focused set of job skills. Operations Management and Production Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Production Management. Aptitude in Operations Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Production Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Plant Superintendents — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $72K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plant Superintendents make a median salary of $77K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Plant Superintendent with more than 20 years of experience can earn $81K on average.

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Experience Affects Plant Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$77,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Plant Superintendent Salaries

Operations Management
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National Average
$77,000

Production Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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