Power Plant Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $114K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Job satisfaction for Power Plant Managers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$66,384 - $147,169
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$66K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $114,437
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$31.44 - $42.54
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,384 - $147,169  
   
Bonus
$1,002 - $31,172  
Profit Sharing
$9,000  
Total Pay (?
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$66,114 - $166,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$41.27  
   
Overtime
$61.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,002 - $31,172  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,000  
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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$66,114 - $166,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Power Plant Manager

A power plant manager is responsible for supervising all aspects of the safe and efficient operation of an electricity-generating power plant. These energy facilities can be of various fuel types, but the role of the power plant manager is generally the same: they must ensure that the plant operates safely for all workers and employees at the facility, as well as oversee all environmental compliance.

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Power Plant Manager Tasks

  • Apply knowledge of and experience with high-pressure boilers, turbine operations, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Apply knowledge of the function of utility plants and related equipment related to the area of assignment.
  • Use effective management practices and principles.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of power plant.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of services provided and recommend changes in procedures to meet users' needs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Manager

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


Power Plant Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $86K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $101K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $122K. Power Plant Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $123K on average.

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What is it like working as a Power Plant Manager?

Power Plant Manager in Nashville:
"On call is horrible."
Pros: Having the freedom to do what you need to do during the days that everything is running well.
Cons: The late night calls that drag you out of bed to diagnose and repair an engine that is wearing out but your regional manager wants you to keep pushing to keep up with budget. Meanwhile he is sleeping at 3 am and doesn't give a damn if you have only slept 3 hours.

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Experience Affects Power Plant Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$119,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Power Plant Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 20%

National Average
$119,000

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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