Shop Foreman Salary

Men account for the majority of Shop Foremans in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.95 per hour. In the world of Shop Foremans, performance is a large component of overall compensation. Bonuses and profit sharing that occasionally exceed $7K each, along with a few commissions of nearly $35K, can cause the final number to run anywhere from $34K to $78K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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 (?
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$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 who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. A Shop Foreman often moves on to become a Mechanic Foreman or a General Manufacturing Foreman.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman


Shop Foremans report using a large range 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. For most people, competency in Operations Management indicates knowledge of 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Shop Foremans who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 $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). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Fort Worth. 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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