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 $25.42 per hour. Most Gas Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance.

$31,466 - $68,492

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$17.72 - $33.72

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,466 - $68,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
Total Pay (?
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$38,376 - $74,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.72 - $33.72  
   
Overtime
$22.83 - $48.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
   
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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$38,376 - $74,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Gas Plant Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. Gas Plant Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $71K.

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Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 6%
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