Plant Superintendent Salary

Plant Superintendents who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under two-thirds of Plant Superintendents. Pay fluctuates from $50K to $116K per year, but expected earnings average $75K per year. Final cash compensation to Plant Superintendents varies from around $50K to approximately $116K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $12K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,363 - $105,517
(Median)
$51K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,129
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90%

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$15.51 - $41.32
(Median)
$16
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
10%
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.

Common Career Paths for Plant Superintendent


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Plant Superintendents who transition into an upper level Plant Manager of Manufacturing position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Plant Manager of Manufacturing makes $81K a year.

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Plant Superintendents report a narrow range of specific 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. Operations Management and Production Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

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


Plant Superintendents with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $72K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $75K. On average, Plant Superintendents make $77K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Plant Superintendent generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $81K.

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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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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