Power Plant Manager Salary

Power Plant Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $116K) surpassing six figures annually. The majority of Power Plant Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$66,565 - $149,843

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$66,248 - $177,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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.


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.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of services provided and recommend changes in procedures to meet users’ needs.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of power plant.
  • Use effective management practices and principles.

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Power Plant Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Project Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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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

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Skills That Affect Power Plant Manager Salaries

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


1 %
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 10%