Shop Foreman Salary

Men make up the majority of Shop Foremans in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.95 per hour. Incomes of Shop Foremans depend heavily on individual performance. In exceptional cases, bonuses and profit sharing can bring in $7K each, and a few high-rollers can pull down as much as $35K in commissions; this causes total packages to range between $34K and $78K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,897 - $82,186
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,896
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$15.04 - $29.46
(Median)
$15
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,897 - $82,186  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,370  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,757  
Commission
$734 - $35,234  
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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$34,153 - $77,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 589
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.04 - $29.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.23 - $42.25  
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 - $7,370  
   
Commission
$734 - $35,234  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,757  
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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$34,153 - $77,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,002
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. Becoming a Mechanic Foreman or a General Manufacturing 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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Heavy Equipment Repair, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Customer Service, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Quality Assurance / Quality Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Job Scheduling and Machine Operation also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Operations Management also know 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. Shop Foremans claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,137

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

For Shop Foremans, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Shop Foremans will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Denver (+22 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Bakersfield (+14 percent). In Fort Worth, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (9 percent lower) and Phoenix (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Shop Foreman Salaries

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 17%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 9%

Customer Service
up arrow 7%


Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 3%

People Management
0%

Operations Management
0%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$51,000

Welding
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 6%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 9%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 317 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
38%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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