Gas Plant Operator Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Gas Plant Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $27.44 per hour nationwide. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most Gas Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
A gas plant operator supervises and controls both the storage and distribution of natural gas. Other primary responsibilities include monitoring equipment, observing various gauges (including temperature, pressure, level, and flow), controlling various equipment (compression, scrubbing, refrigeration, evaporation, etc.), calculating gas ratios, detecting abnormal specifications, optimizing rates and levels of gases, testing oxygen for purity, shutting down and starting plant equipment, depressurizing equipment and pipelines, removing and replacing filters and fluids, and repairing and reciprocating equipment and valves.
This person should be extremely proficient in mathematics and chemistry, as well as common office applications and safety protocol. The gas plant operator is chiefly responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the employees within the plant and the plant itself. This person should be highly attentive to detail and have the in-depth ability to troubleshoot, solve complex problems, make decisions quickly, listen actively, communicate effectively, and monitor all operations and employees. This person also should have extensive mechanical knowledge in order to facilitate their designs and maintenance.
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.
Gas Plant Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $58K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. 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 $83K.