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.

$36,065 - $86,842
(Median)
$36K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $63,420
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$15.75 - $35.71
(Median)
$16
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,065 - $86,842  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $7,273  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$34,682 - $86,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.75 - $35.71  
   
Overtime
$23.77 - $59.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$289.06 - $7,273  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$34,682 - $86,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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 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.

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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.

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Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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