Plant Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Plant Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $79K annually. Cash earnings for Plant Engineers — including $14K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $115K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plant Engineers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,070 - $107,574
$57K
$79K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,647
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$15.93 - $35.38
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$27
$35
MEDIAN: $27.19
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$0$115K
Salary $57,070 - $107,574
Bonus $984 - $13,054
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,967
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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$53,588 - $115,011
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 306
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $15.93 - $35.38
Overtime $26.61 - $49.45
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $984 - $13,054
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,967
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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$53,588 - $115,011
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 49

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Job Description for Plant Engineer

A plant engineer works at the manufacturing or assembly facility in a management and supervisory position. They generally oversee operations and - depending on their company and whether it employs a senior plant engineer - may have the final say on how relevant manufacturing plant functions are performed.

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Plant Engineer Tasks

  • Trains and assists plant personnel in safety and quality control procedures.
  • Reviews project plan including cost estimates, timelines, and blueprints; interpret and recommend changes to plans.
  • Ensures facility compliance with regulatory requirements, and continuous and relation operation.
  • Develops operational plans for facility projects; such as construction or renovation, HVAC, maintenance and machine installation.

Common Career Paths for Plant Engineer


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While not commonly seen, Plant Engineers who transition into a Manufacturing Engineering Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Manufacturing Engineering Managers is $96K per year. Plant Engineers most often move into Mechanical Engineer or Maintenance Manager roles. However, the former pays $14K less on average, and the latter pays $18K less.

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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer


Plant Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Budget Management, Project Management, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Engineering Design. Most people experienced in Plant Maintenance also know Budget Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Plant Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Plant Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Plant Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 156 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plant Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Plant Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 75 salaries. A Plant Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,040

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

Plant Engineers will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Plant Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+15 percent) and Atlanta (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Plant Engineers is geography, with workers in Louisville earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Houston (10 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Plant Engineer?

Plant Engineer in Dallas:
"Challenging."
Pros: New experiences arise daily, get to interpret other persons idea, and create solutions.
Cons: Long hard working hours, major projects are very draining.

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Key Stats for Plant Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Plant Engineer Salaries

▲24%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$78,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Plant Engineer Salaries






Plant Maintenance
▲3%

AutoCAD
▲3%

National Average
$78,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 7%
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