Shop Foreman Salary

Male Shop Foremans number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.68 per hour in the United States. Total cash incomes of Shop Foremans run from $34K to $77K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K, profit sharing that reaches $7K, and some commissions of nearly $35K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Shop Foremans. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,840 - $82,380
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,418
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$14.90 - $29.06
(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
$34,840 - $82,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,109  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,071  
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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$33,518 - $77,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 468
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $29.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.06  
Overtime
$20.93 - $41.41  
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 - $6,109  
   
Commission
$515 - $34,905  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,071  
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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$33,518 - $77,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 839
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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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It's not very common for Shop Foremans to move on to become Manufacturing Production Managers. Average pay for a Manufacturing Production Manager is $62K annually. Becoming a Mechanic Foreman or a General Manufacturing Foreman is, however, a more typical career progression for Shop Foremans.

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Popular Skills for Shop Foreman


Shop Foremans report using a deep pool of skills 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.


For Shop Foremans, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. Shop Foremans who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. 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


For those looking to make money, Shop Foremans in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Shop Foremans will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), Bakersfield (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Shop Foremans in Orlando earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Fort Worth and Austin (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Shop Foreman Salaries



National Average
$51,000



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%

Welding
0%

Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$51,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 274 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
29%

Common Health Benefits

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