Plant Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for plant engineers is 47 years. The plant engineer workforce reached a whopping 7,929 in 2020!

Among plant engineers, we discovered that 8.7% of them are women, while 86.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among plant engineers is White, which makes up 74.6% of all plant engineers. Comparatively, there are 12.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.9% of the Asian ethnicity. Plant engineers are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, plant engineers are more likely to find a job in the manufacturing industry.

From where do we know all information about plant engineer demographics? We analyzed 5,627 plant engineers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Plant Engineer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as plant engineers. Keep reading to find out what the results for plant engineers were.

Plant Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among plant engineers is White, which makes up 74.6% of all plant engineers. Comparatively, there are 12.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.9% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 74.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 12.5%
  • Asian, 6.9%
  • Black or African American, 4.4%
  • Unknown, 1.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Plant Engineers

The chart below shows that 51.6% of plant engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.5% and Carrier is the third-most popular at 6.4%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 51.6%
  • French, 8.5%
  • Carrier, 6.4%
  • Arabic, 5.3%
  • Mandarin, 3.7%
  • Other, 24.5%

Most Common Degree for Plant Engineer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for plant engineers. The most common degree for plant engineers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 56% of plant engineers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 24% and rounding it off is associate degree with 6%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 68%
  • Masters degree, 9%
  • Associate degree, 9%
  • Certificate degree, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 5%

Plant Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among plant engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Plant Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the plant engineer position over time.


Plant Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of plant engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of plant engineers based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Plant Engineer

By looking over 5,627 plant engineers resumes, we figured out that the average plant engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Plant Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of plant engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of plant engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 74% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Plant Engineers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, plant superintendent and maintenance director have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Executive Assistant/Human Resources9%88%
Office Manager Of Human Resources13%84%
Business Office Manager15%81%
Plant Engineer87%9%
General Road Foreman93%3%
Maintenance Director93%4%
Plant Superintendent93%3%
Plant Superintendent
Maintenance Director
General Road Foreman
Plant Engineer
Business Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
Executive Assistant/Human Resources

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Plant Engineer?

Male Income
Female Income

Plant Engineer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Plant Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
High School Diploma or Less$82,667
Some College/ Associate Degree$85,983
Bachelor's Degree$99,110
Master's Degree$108,227

Plant Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Plant Engineer Heatmaps

Where Do Plant Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where plant engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Plant Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 5,627 resumes, we found that the most popular places for plant engineers are TX, Houston and IL, Chicago.

Number of Plant Engineers

Plant Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ plant engineers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most plant engineers is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire plant engineers.

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50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Plant Engineer Work In

Employees with the plant engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most plant engineers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ plant engineers. Those industries include manufacturing, retail and construction.

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