Plant Superintendent Salary

The majority of Plant Superintendents in the United States — roughly two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $56K to $120K per year, and the median is $78K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Plant Superintendents can bottom out near $56K or peak near $120K depending on individual performance. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,512 - $110,755
$56K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,298
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50%
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$17.76 - $41.72
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$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,512 - $110,755  
   
Bonus
$986 - $15,265  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,411  
Total Pay (?
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$55,717 - $120,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.76 - $41.72  
   
Overtime
$27.82 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$986 - $15,265  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,411  
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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$55,717 - $120,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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 frequently become Operations Managers and Manufacturing Production Managers even though median compensation is $21K lower and $18K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Plant Superintendent

Pay by Experience for a Plant Superintendent has a positive trend. An entry-level Plant Superintendent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 52 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plant Superintendent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Plant Superintendent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 92 salaries. A Plant Superintendent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 79 salaries.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Plant Superintendent

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Plant Superintendent Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$80,000

▼1%

▼2%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Plant Superintendent Salaries

Budget Management
▲12%

Safety Compliance
▲4%


National Average
$80,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 8%