Power Engineer Salary

For Power Engineers, yearly average wages total $77K annually. Total cash compensation to Power Engineers varies from $55K to $108K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K each. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Power Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$57,643 - $102,363
(Median)
$58K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,535
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50%
90%

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$18.12 - $48.70
(Median)
$18
$29
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,643 - $102,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,050  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $15,319  
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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$55,229 - $108,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.12 - $48.70  
   
Overtime
$28.48 - $52.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $15,319  
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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$55,229 - $108,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Power Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $84K. Power Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $96K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $103K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Power Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$77,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Power Engineer Salaries

Renewable Energy / Renewable Power
up arrow 13%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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