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Power Engineer Salary (United States)

Median pay for Power Engineers in the United States is around $73K per year. Overall cash earnings for Power Engineers stretch from $53K on the lower end to $104K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Most Power Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Power Engineers are male. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Power Engineer Salary (?
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$53,359 - $100,482
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MEDIAN: $72,998
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Power Engineer Salary (?
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$18.04 - $49.81
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,359 - $100,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,164  
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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$52,502 - $104,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $49.81  
   
Overtime
$28.67 - $70.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,164  
   
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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$52,502 - $104,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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.
Power Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $69K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $80K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Power Engineers make a median salary of $95K. Power Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $99K.

Power Engineer Advice

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"Experience."
Engineering college doesn't train you to be an engineer, job experience does. College trains you to think like an engineer. Co-op when possible.

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Experience Affects Power Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 27%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$74,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%