Men make up the majority of Shop Foremans in the United States, bringing in about $21.41 per hour. Total cash compensation to Shop Foremans approaches anywhere from $35K on the lower end to $79K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than half. Most Shop Foremans like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,647 - $84,954
(Median)
$38K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $57,817
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$15.29 - $29.88
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,647 - $84,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,964  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,170  
Commission
$5,034 - $34,765  
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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$35,287 - $78,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $29.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.63 - $42.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,964  
   
Commission
$5,034 - $34,765  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,170  
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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$35,287 - $78,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 758

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Job Description for Shop Foreman

A shop foreman is responsible for planning, scheduling, performing, directing, and evaluating the repair and servicing of equipment. They have significant control of maintenance equipment and are in frequent contact with company employees that use this equipment. The shop foreman must routinely advise, consult, and help subordinates. They are also responsible for equipment repair schedules and records, including meeting any deadlines or requests by other employees. Additionally, the shop foreman must purchase any necessary parts to complete repairs, and so knowledge of repair procedures and basic computer software (to place orders) is necessary. Repairs may sometimes have to be done in harsh weather conditions, which means the foreman's work conditions may vary with climate. Typically, a road supervisor oversees the shop's operations, including the performance of the shop foreman.

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Shop Foreman Tasks

  • Train and mentor junior repair technicians, leading by example.
  • Coordinate work among repair technicians, and perform vehicle inspections and repairs.
  • Identify, diagnose, and perform the most technical automotive repairs.
  • Manage and maintain work environment safety, perform inspections, and ensure adherence to regulations.

Common Career Paths for Shop Foreman


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Shop Foremans sometimes assume positions such as Plant Managers of Manufacturing. That role pays $82K per year on average. A more likely transition for Shop Foremans is Mechanic Foreman or Operations Manager.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Blueprints and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Quality Assurance / Quality Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Machine Operation and Job Scheduling also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent in Manufacturing Fabrication.

Pay by Experience Level for Shop Foreman

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


Shop Foremans with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $44K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. Shop Foremans claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Shop Foreman with more than 20 years of experience can earn $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,414

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Shop Foremans, Boston provides a pay rate that is 68 percent greater than the national average. Shop Foremans will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+29 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Louisville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Salt Lake City and Denver (19 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Shop Foreman Salaries

Blueprints
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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People Management
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$52,000

Operations Management
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Welding
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Manufacturing Fabrication
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Purchasing
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Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 4%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 11%

Machine Operation
up arrow 12%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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