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Power Engineer Salary (United States)

A typical Power Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $71K annually. Total cash compensation for Power Engineers runs from $51K to $104K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. In this field, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Power Engineers are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Power Engineer Salary (?
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$53,255 - $100,294
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71K
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100K
MEDIAN: $71,135
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Power Engineer Salary (?
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$18.04 - $47.68
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,255 - $100,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,080  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $19,727  
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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$51,070 - $104,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $47.68  
   
Overtime
$28.54 - $50.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $19,727  
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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$51,070 - $104,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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.
The average inexperienced worker earns $67K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $78K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. For some reason, Power Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $89K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-tenth.

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Experience Affects Power Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 30%
Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$72,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%