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Plant Superintendent Salary

With roughly two-thirds of Plant Superintendents in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Plant Superintendents is $73K annually and can range from $49K on the lower end to $113K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Plant Superintendents bottoms out near $49K and approaches $113K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$50,019 - $102,890
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,122
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
$50,019 - $102,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,768  
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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$48,789 - $112,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate 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$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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,768  
   
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).
)
$48,789 - $112,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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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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Survey takers who work as Plant Superintendents typically report just a few professional 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. 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.


Plant Superintendents with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $72K. Plant Superintendents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $79K, 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
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

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 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 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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