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Gas Plant Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Gas Plant Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.11 per hour. A large number claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. Most Gas Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high.
$32,870 - $66,673
(Median)
33K
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50K
60K
67K
MEDIAN: $50,451
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$18.48 - $33.66
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,870 - $66,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
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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$37,803 - $74,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.48 - $33.66  
   
Overtime
$26.65 - $49.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
   
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).
)
$37,803 - $74,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $53K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $60K. Gas Plant Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $72K.

Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 9%