Gas Plant Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Gas Plant Operators earn an average of $25.49 per hour. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Work is enjoyable for Gas Plant Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,686 - $68,306
(Median)
$32K
$52K
$68K
MEDIAN: $52,085
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50%
90%

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$17.70 - $34.03
(Median)
$18
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,686 - $68,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,057  
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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$38,151 - $75,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $34.03  
   
Overtime
$23.16 - $49.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,057  
   
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).
)
$38,151 - $75,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Job Description for Gas Plant Operator

A gas plant operator is responsible for overseeing and operating all equipment that processes gas for utility companies. This person works within a factory or plant setting, where hours and shifts can vary. A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required. However, a two-year technical or vocational program is often recommended that includes courses in physics, chemistry, mechanical equipment, and office applications. Much of the training in this area is done on the job. This position is supervisory in nature.

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Gas Plant Operator Tasks

  • Start-up and shutdown plant equipment.
  • Operate plant equipment and systems.
  • Adjust controls to operate equipment in the recommended or prescribed operating ranges.
  • Operate natural gas plant and pipeline equipment including amine treating plants, chilled water gas conditioning skids, and more.
  • Inspect equipment and controls at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment or lubrication.

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Pay by Experience Level for Gas Plant Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Gas Plant Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Gas Plant Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $72K.

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Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 6%
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