Shop Foreman Salary

Shop Foremans in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.70 per hour. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Shop Foremans — as high as $6K, $8K and $35K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $33K to $76K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,678 - $81,987
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,317
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$14.93 - $28.91
(Median)
$15
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,678 - $81,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,065  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,891  
Commission
$515 - $34,905  
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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$33,427 - $76,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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
$14.93 - $28.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.06  
Overtime
$20.98 - $41.18  
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 - $6,065  
   
Commission
$515 - $34,905  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,891  
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).
)
$33,427 - $76,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 833
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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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Though some Shop Foremans move into positions like Manufacturing Production Manager (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. However, becoming a Mechanic Foreman or General Manufacturing Foreman is a more frequent transition for Shop Foremans.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Customer Service, Job Scheduling, and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Manufacturing Fabrication. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. On average, Shop Foremans make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $59K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Shop Foremans, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Shop Foremans can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), Bakersfield (+16 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Shop Foremans in Orlando earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Salt Lake City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Shop Foreman Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 21%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 12%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 11%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 5%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$50,000

Welding
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 27%
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