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Gas Plant Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Gas Plant Operators in the United States, bringing in about $25.37 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Gas Plant Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits.

$32,579 - $67,712
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$68K
MEDIAN: $51,362
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50%
90%

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$17.93 - $33.84
(Median)
$18
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,579 - $67,712  
   
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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$37,846 - $75,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.93 - $33.84  
   
Overtime
$25.48 - $49.24  
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).
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$37,846 - $75,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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.


Gas Plant Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. Gas Plant Operators see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 6%
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