Plant Superintendent Salary

Plant Superintendents in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $49K to $113K per year, median earnings come to $74K per year. Cash earnings for Plant Superintendents — which occasionally include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $113K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,124 - $103,222

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$15.66 - $41.11

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,124 - $103,222  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,809  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $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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$48,917 - $113,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 351
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.66 - $41.11  
   
Overtime
$25.72 - $62.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,809  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $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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$48,917 - $113,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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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Many Plant Superintendents move into a Plant Manager of Manufacturing role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Plant Managers of Manufacturing on average bring in a similar salary to Plant Superintendents.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Plant Superintendents who took the survey. Operations Management and Production Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Production Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

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


Plant Superintendents do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $73K. Plant Superintendents bring in $78K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $80K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Plant Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$76,000

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

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$76,000

Production Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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