Power Plant Manager Salary

Power Plant Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $114K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,416 - $150,332
MEDIAN: $113,534

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$64,416 - $150,332  
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$65,425 - $175,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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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Professional skills reported by Power Plant Managers are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Project Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Manager

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

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Power Plant Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $86K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $101K. Power Plant Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $120K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $128K 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

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Skills That Affect Power Plant Manager Salaries

Project Management
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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 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: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 11%