Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salary

Men account for the majority of Power Plant Control Room Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $31.41 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage.

$40,600 - $89,282
(Median)
$41K
$67K
$89K
MEDIAN: $67,060
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50%
90%

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$18.57 - $40.41
(Median)
$19
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $31.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,600 - $89,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,060  
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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$42,613 - $90,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.57 - $40.41  
   
Overtime
$18.71 - $59.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,060  
   
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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$42,613 - $90,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $69K. Power Plant Control Room Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $75K.

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Experience Affects Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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