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Shop Foreman Salary

Men make up the majority of Shop Foremans in the United States, bringing in about $20.44 per hour. Total cash compensation to Shop Foremans bottoms out near $33K and approaches $76K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Shop Foremans report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and slightly less than half receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$33,362 - $82,728
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MEDIAN: $54,822
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$14.78 - $28.31
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,362 - $82,728  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,047  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,149  
Commission
$515 - $58,175  
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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$33,069 - $76,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $28.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.06  
Overtime
$20.52 - $40.36  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,047  
   
Commission
$515 - $58,175  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,149  
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).
)
$33,069 - $76,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 675
United States (change)

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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For Shop Foremans, career progression to a Manufacturing Production Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Manufacturing Production Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $62K annually. Becoming a Mechanic Foreman or a Diesel Shop Foreman is a common transition from a Shop Foreman role.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman


Survey results imply that Shop Foremans deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Job Scheduling, Customer Service, and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Manufacturing Fabrication. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed in Manufacturing Fabrication. Those who learned People Management also tend to know Welding and Manufacturing Fabrication.

Pay by Experience Level for Shop Foreman

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


For Shop Foremans, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Shop Foremans who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Shop Foremans, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Shop Foremans will also find cushy salaries in Bakersfield (+23 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Phoenix (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Shop Foreman Salaries

Job Scheduling
up arrow 29%

Customer Service
up arrow 22%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 18%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 7%


Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 4%

Purchasing
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Heavy Equipment Repair
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People Management
0%

National Average
$50,000

Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 26%