Median pay for Power Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $77K annually. Total cash compensation to Power Engineers approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $109K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority (89 percent) of Power Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,807 - $101,914
(Median)
$56K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,321
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50%
90%

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$18.89 - $50.45
(Median)
$19
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,807 - $101,914  
   
Bonus
$844 - $19,678  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $14,795  
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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$51,463 - $108,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.89 - $50.45  
   
Overtime
$29.22 - $73.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$844 - $19,678  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $14,795  
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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$51,463 - $108,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Power Engineer

Power engineers are in charge of making sure that the electrical operations are running effectively and efficiently for their organization. They ensure electricity is properly generated and delivered in a steady, safe manner. A passion for innovation is important in this job, as some power engineers are required to develop solutions for more efficient electricity delivery. Power engineers need experience with electrical testing systems, and they must continuously carry out tests to make sure that operations are running smoothly and safely. They also need to conduct analyses of why failures occurred, determine how to fix them, and develop effective prevention methods as necessary.

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Power Engineer Tasks

  • Develop methods of integrating renewable power technology.
  • Ensure safe operation of power grids, pumps, generators, motors, boilers, turbines, and heat exchangers etc.
  • Conceive, direct, implement, and evaluate efficiency of power systems.
  • Work with manufacturing engineering on release and documentation of new hardware, test equipment, and assembly fixtures.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Engineer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $90K. On average, Power Engineers make $97K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $98K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Power Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Power Engineer Salaries

Renewable Energy / Renewable Power
up arrow 14%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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