The average salary for a Plant Engineer is $79,743.
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What Do Plant Engineers Do?
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.
The plant engineer works constantly with all machinery and robotics used in the manufacturing process to ensure they work at peak efficiency and safety. They monitor performance of this equip…Read more
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Popular Employer Salaries for Plant Engineer
The top respondents for the job title Plant Engineer are from the companies Aecom Corporation, Air Liquide America Corporation and Niagara Bottling, LLC. Reported salaries are highest at Air Liquide America Corporation where the average pay is $79,857. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Cargill and United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., earning around $72,494 and $71,966, respectively. Poet Biorefining pays the lowest at around $63,455. Aecom Corporation and Niagara Bottling, LLC also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $66,327 and $68,700, respectively.
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What Are Popular Skills for Plant Engineers?
Skills in Project Management, Plant Maintenance, Manufacturing Process Engineering and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Engineering Design.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Plant Engineers?
An entry-level Plant Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $64,005 based on 40 salaries. An early career Plant Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,672 based on 192 salaries. A mid-career Plant Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $83,670 based on 137 salaries. An experienced Plant Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,867 based on 110 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $99,187.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Plant Engineer in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 25.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (16.2% more) and Houston, Texas (6.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Richland, Washington (15.8% less), Atlanta, Georgia (12.0% less) and Cleveland, Ohio (4.1% less).
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