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Plant Superintendent Salary

Approximately two-thirds of Plant Superintendents in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $49K to $112K per year, but median earnings come to around $73K per year. Cash earnings for Plant Superintendents — including $15K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $112K depending on individual performance. Job satisfaction for Plant Superintendents is high. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,905 - $102,295
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,281
10%
50%
90%

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$15.51 - $36.72
(Median)
$16
$21
$37
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,905 - $102,295  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,848  
Profit Sharing
$1,115 - $12,224  
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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$48,679 - $112,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $36.72  
   
Overtime
$25.54 - $63.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,115 - $12,224  
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).
)
$48,679 - $112,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Operations Management and Production Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Production Management. Competency in Operations Management frequently indicates knowledge of Production Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $66K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $72K on average. Plant Superintendents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $79K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $78K.

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Experience Affects Plant Superintendent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Plant Superintendent Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Production Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%