Plant Superintendent Salary

Plant Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $78K per year on average but can range from $56K to $122K per year. Total cash earnings of Plant Superintendents range from $56K on the low end to $122K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $9K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Plant Superintendents enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,952 - $112,741
$55K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,459
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$17.70 - $42.00
$18
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,952 - $112,741  
   
Bonus
$998 - $15,273  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,940  
Total Pay (?
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$55,658 - $121,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $42.00  
   
Overtime
$27.82 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$998 - $15,273  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,940  
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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$55,658 - $121,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • Oversee day-to-day manufacturing and processes of the plant.
  • Analyze data to pinpoint weaknesses in manufacturing and compile data reports.
  • Identify problems with manufacturing process and recommend improvements for optimum productivity.
  • 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.

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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. Plant Superintendents most often move into Operations Manager or Manufacturing Production Manager roles. However, the former pays $21K less on average, and the latter pays $18K less.

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Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $77K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $80K. Plant Superintendents claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. Plant Superintendents who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $82K.

Plant Superintendent Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Plant Superintendent?

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.

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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Key Stats for Plant Superintendent

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Plant Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
▲2%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$80,000

Experienced
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼4%

Skills That Affect Plant Superintendent Salaries

Budget Management
▲12%


Production Management
▼0%

National Average
$80,000

Safety Compliance
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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