Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salary

Men make up the majority of Power Plant Control Room Operators in the United States, bringing in about $28.76 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Power Plant Control Room Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,593 - $102,435
$47K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,986
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50%
90%

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$16.41 - $40.12
$16
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $28.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,593 - $102,435  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$5,050  
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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$40,174 - $95,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.41 - $40.12  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $61.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,050  
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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$40,174 - $95,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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Job Description for Control Room Operator, Power Plant

A power plant control operator works in a plant which is dedicated to providing electricity to a particular area. The operator must oversee the electrical grid-lines and ensure that they are functioning properly; when they are not, the operator should work to find a switch for the lines. Sometimes, emergency situations may cause blackouts to occur, so they must be able to stay calm under pressure and follow proper emergency guidelines regarding who should be called, whether maintenance workers or law enforcement.

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Control Room Operator, Power Plant Tasks

  • Oversee surveillance, safety and alarm response throughout the facility.
  • Review and analyze maintenance and equipment logs.
  • Read and record data from instrumentation, including sounding alarms.
  • Write reports and documentation about equipment, personnel and activities.

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Pay by Experience Level for Control Room Operator, Power Plant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $64K. Power Plant Control Room Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $82K.

Key Stats for Control Room Operator, Power Plant

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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