Shop Foremans in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $21.38 per hour. Overall compensation packages to Shop Foremans range from $35K on the low end to $79K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $10K and profit sharing that approaches $8K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $35K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Shop Foremans like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,586 - $86,572
$37K
$58K
$87K
MEDIAN: $57,686
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90%

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$15.25 - $30.16
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,586 - $86,572  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,929  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,090  
Commission
$5,068 - $34,521  
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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$34,961 - $79,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.25 - $30.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.61 - $42.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,929  
   
Commission
$5,068 - $34,521  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,090  
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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$34,961 - $79,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 784

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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

  • Identify, diagnose, and perform the most technical automotive repairs.
  • Manage and maintain work environment safety, perform inspections, and ensure adherence to regulations.
  • Train and mentor junior repair technicians, leading by example.
  • Coordinate work among repair technicians, and perform vehicle inspections and repairs.

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Shop Foremans' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Plant Manager of Manufacturing. The average Plant Manager of Manufacturing brings home $82K per year. A Shop Foreman may also move into a role as a Diesel Shop Foreman or a Mechanic Foreman.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Automotive Engine Repair, Heavy Equipment Repair, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Quality Assurance / Quality Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Fabrication and Machine Operation also typically command lower compensation. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Shop Foremans — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. For Shop Foremans, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $60K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,362

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

Surpassing the national average by 66 percent, Shop Foremans in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Shop Foremans will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+29 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Portland (+7 percent), and Austin (+7 percent). Salt Lake City is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (10 percent lower) and Boise (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Shop Foreman

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 226 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Shop Foreman Salaries


Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$52,000



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Customer Service
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Purchasing
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Troubleshooting
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Job Scheduling
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Machine Operation
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Fabrication
up arrow 21%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 226 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
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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