Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salary

Power Plant Control Room Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $31.55 per hour. Job satisfaction for Power Plant Control Room Operators is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,600 - $89,282

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$18.27 - $40.55

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Salary
$40,600 - $89,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
Total Pay (?
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$42,082 - $89,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Hourly Rate
$18.27 - $40.55  
   
Overtime
$19.03 - $58.94  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
   
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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$42,082 - $89,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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 $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Power Plant Control Room Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%
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