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 $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.
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.Read More...
These control room operators often work indoors, but may also venture outside to monitor the workings of the power plant. Some periodic maintenance and troubleshooting may be necessary for the machinery and equipment involved, and another common task involves operating the "flue gas cleaning scrubber," along with the bag-house, to ensure the plant's efficient operation.
Minimum physical requirements may be necessary, as some climbing, stooping, crawling, and bending may be needed to reach areas that are hard to access. The ability to lift heavy items may also be required, and it is important to be able to keep neat and comprehensible records regarding the operations of the plant, as well. The work of this job can be monotonous, so focus and dedication are extremely important. An associate’s degree in a relevant field may be required by some employers, and this job is carried out in shifts at all hours of the day and night due to the nature of the industry.
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.