Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Power Plant Control Room Operators earn an average of $27.41 per hour. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$43,677 - $101,314
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,128
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$16.39 - $39.44
(Median)
$16
$27
$39
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,677 - $101,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,000  
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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$40,028 - $92,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.39 - $39.44  
   
Overtime
$22.65 - $60.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,000  
   
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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$40,028 - $92,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Power Plant Control Room Operators. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $79K.

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Experience Affects Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$67,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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