Power Plant Manager Salary

Power Plant Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $114K per year on average. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,416 - $150,332
MEDIAN: $113,534

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Manager

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

For many Power Plant Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $86K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $101K. For Power Plant Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $120K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $128K.

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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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Skills That Affect Power Plant Manager Salaries

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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%