Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salary

Men make up the majority of Power Plant Control Room Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $31.76 per hour. Most Power Plant Control Room Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,271 - $94,976
(Median)
$44K
$73K
$95K
MEDIAN: $72,696
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$17.24 - $41.09
(Median)
$17
$32
$41
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,271 - $94,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,677  
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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$41,349 - $93,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.24 - $41.09  
   
Overtime
$22.07 - $59.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,677  
   
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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$41,349 - $93,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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

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

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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.


Power Plant Control Room Operators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $68K. Power Plant Control Room Operators bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. Power Plant Control Room Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $82K.

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Experience Affects Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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