Power Plant Manager Salary

Power Plant Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $118K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$66,910 - $149,781
$67K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $118,026
10%
50%
90%

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$37.00 - $42.73
$42
MEDIAN: $41.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,910 - $149,781  
   
Bonus
$973 - $24,161  
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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$71,501 - $163,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$41.65  
   
Overtime
$61.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$973 - $24,161  
   
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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$71,501 - $163,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Manager

Pay by Experience for a Power Plant Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Power Plant Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 19 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Power Plant Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 8 salaries. An experienced Power Plant Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 20 salaries. A Power Plant Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 30 salaries.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Power Plant Manager

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
52%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Manager Salaries

▲5%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$121,000

Mid-Career
▼16%

Entry-Level
▼29%

Skills That Affect Power Plant Manager Salaries

Project Management
▲18%

National Average
$121,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%
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