Compensation for Power Plant Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($117K). Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Power Plant Managers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$57,467 - $145,726
$57K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $116,709
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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
$57,467 - $145,726  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $26,000  
Profit Sharing
$9,000  
Total Pay (?
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$56,243 - $163,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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
$1,000 - $26,000  
   
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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$56,243 - $163,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $86K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $103K. For Power Plant Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $119K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $129K.

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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 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
50%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$120,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Skills That Affect Power Plant Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 19%

National Average
$120,000

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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