Gas Plant Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Gas Plant Operators earn an average of $27.12 per hour. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. For the most part, Gas Plant Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,500 - $86,350
$32K
$63K
$86K
MEDIAN: $62,965
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50%
90%

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$16.15 - $35.14
$16
$27
$35
MEDIAN: $27.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$32,500 - $86,350  
   
Bonus
$244.68 - $8,655  
Profit Sharing
$3,030  
Total Pay (?
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$34,488 - $86,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.15 - $35.14  
   
Overtime
$24.01 - $59.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$244.68 - $8,655  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,030  
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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$34,488 - $86,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Gas Plant Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $58K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $68K. Gas Plant Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Gas Plant Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $82K.

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 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲32%

Mid-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 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
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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