Gas Plant Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Gas Plant Operators in the United States, bringing in about $25.63 per hour. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$33,935 - $82,842
(Median)
$34K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,929
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90%

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$16.49 - $34.30
(Median)
$16
$26
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,935 - $82,842  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,061  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$35,343 - $79,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.49 - $34.30  
   
Overtime
$23.49 - $50.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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).
)
$35,343 - $79,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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.


For Gas Plant Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $56K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Gas Plant Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $72K.

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Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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