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Shop Foreman Salary

A sizeable majority of Shop Foremans in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.61 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Shop Foremans stretch from $34K on the lower end to $77K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by just under one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Shop Foremans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,846 - $82,020
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,872
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$14.85 - $28.38
(Median)
$15
$21
$28
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
$34,846 - $82,020  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,047  
Commission
$625 - $48,000  
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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$33,568 - $76,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 429
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
$14.85 - $28.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.06  
Overtime
$20.69 - $41.00  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
   
Commission
$625 - $48,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,047  
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).
)
$33,568 - $76,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 776

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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 do not often transition into Manufacturing Production Manager roles. The role averages $62K per year. Moving from a Shop Foreman to Mechanic Foreman or General Manufacturing Foreman is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 27 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Manufacturing Fabrication. 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $47K on average. Shop Foremans claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Shop Foremans, Tampa provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Shop Foremans will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+23 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Bakersfield (+19 percent), and Indianapolis (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Shop Foremans in Orlando earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fort Worth and Columbus (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Shop Foreman Salaries

Job Scheduling
up arrow 27%

Customer Service
up arrow 20%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 16%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 3%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

Troubleshooting
0%

Heavy Equipment Repair
0%

National Average
$51,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 275 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 27%