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Shop Foreman Salary (United States)

Male Shop Foremans number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.27 per hour in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Shop Foremans spread between $33K and $76K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair portion have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Shop Foremans like their work and job satisfaction is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Shop Foreman Salary (?
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$32,888 - $81,448
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,721
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Shop Foreman Salary (?
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$14.73 - $28.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,888 - $81,448  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,054  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $12,478  
Commission
$507 - $59,180  
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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$32,858 - $76,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.73 - $28.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.06  
Overtime
$20.40 - $40.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,054  
   
Commission
$507 - $59,180  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $12,478  
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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$32,858 - $76,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 600
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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 who go on to become Manufacturing Production Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Manufacturing Production Managers is $61K annually. It is not unusual for a Shop Foreman to become a Diesel Shop Foreman or a Mechanic Foreman.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman

Shop Foremans report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Customer Service, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 19 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Manufacturing Fabrication. A tool kit that includes People Management also typically contains Welding and Manufacturing Fabrication. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $40K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. Shop Foremans claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $58K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 28 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 36 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 36 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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For those looking to make money, Shop Foremans in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Shop Foremans will also find cushy salaries in Bakersfield (+23 percent) and Houston (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Workers in Chicago and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Shop Foreman Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 24%
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 19%
Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 12%
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 9%
Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%
Operations Management
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Purchasing
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$49,000
People Management
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Welding
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 26%