Plant Superintendents in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $78K annually, but may range from $52K to $124K per year. Total incomes of Plant Superintendents incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $18K from bonuses and close to $12K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $52K and $124K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,402 - $114,367
(Median)
$54K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,021
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$16.27 - $42.00
(Median)
$16
$23
$42
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,402 - $114,367  
   
Bonus
$991 - $18,032  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,164  
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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$52,416 - $124,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.27 - $42.00  
   
Overtime
$27.82 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$991 - $18,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,164  
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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$52,416 - $124,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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 $82K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

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


Plant Superintendents with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $75K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $79K. Plant Superintendents see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $82K.

Plant Superintendent Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Plant Superintendent in Monticello:
"Learn as much as possible."
Learn the roles of the people who report to you, as well as learning your own role. People are more willing to support and work with a leader if they know that leader cares and understands their role.

What is it like working as a Plant Superintendent?

Plant Superintendent in Houston:
"Not the dream but sometimes worth it."
Pros: The hours and the flexibility. The hard working people who want to do a good job.
Cons: The conditions, people not wanting to work, stress, deadlines and last minute changes to the schedule.

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Experience Affects Plant Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Plant Superintendent Salaries

Budget Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$80,000

Production Management
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Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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