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Gas Plant Operator Salary

Gas Plant Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $25.30 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,579 - $67,712
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$68K
MEDIAN: $51,362
10%
50%
90%

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$18.34 - $33.74
(Median)
$18
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,579 - $67,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,032  
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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$38,461 - $75,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.34 - $33.74  
   
Overtime
$26.19 - $49.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,032  
   
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).
)
$38,461 - $75,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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.


For Gas Plant Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $62K. Gas Plant Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. As Gas Plant Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $70K.

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Experience Affects Gas Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

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
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%