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 $27.19 per hour. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$29,361 - $84,894
$29K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,180
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$16.53 - $35.93
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$36
MEDIAN: $27.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,361 - $84,894  
   
Bonus
$296.96 - $9,087  
Profit Sharing
$1,980  
Total Pay (?
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$35,049 - $87,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.53 - $35.93  
   
Overtime
$24.47 - $58.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$296.96 - $9,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,980  
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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$35,049 - $87,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110

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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

  • 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.
  • Adjust controls to operate equipment in the recommended or prescribed operating ranges.
  • Start-up and shutdown plant equipment.
  • Operate plant equipment and systems.

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Pay by Experience Level for Gas Plant Operator

Pay by Experience for a Gas Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Gas Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 78 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Gas Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Gas Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 21 salaries. A Gas Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 13 salaries.

Gas Plant Operator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Gas Plant Operator?

Gas Plant Operator in Midland:
"Have a Plan."
For a young operator, have a plan and try not to get caught up with the decent wages. Once you're in operations it's hard to get out. The typical shifts for Plant Operators will not allow for much personal or professional growth or development. So, have a plan, save your money, for I assure you Plant life gets old pretty fast.

Key Stats for Gas Plant Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲35%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 6%
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