Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Power Plant Control Room Operators earn an average of $31.24 per hour. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Power Plant Control Room Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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

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$18.52 - $40.45
(Median)
$19
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $31.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,600 - $89,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,123  
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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$42,519 - $90,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.52 - $40.45  
   
Overtime
$19.33 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,123  
   
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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$42,519 - $90,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $69K. Power Plant Control Room Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $75K.

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Experience Affects Control Room Operator, Power Plant Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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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
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
28%

Common Health Benefits

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