Power Plant Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Power Plant Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $26.87 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by experience level and the particular employer. The majority of Power Plant Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,998 - $90,646
(Median)
$40K
$59K
$91K
MEDIAN: $58,618
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$17.98 - $36.73
(Median)
$18
$27
$37
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,998 - $90,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,172  
Profit Sharing
$403.37 - $4,958  
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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$39,695 - $87,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.98 - $36.73  
   
Overtime
$27.30 - $58.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,172  
   
Profit Sharing
$403.37 - $4,958  
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).
)
$39,695 - $87,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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Job Description for Power Plant Operator

Power plant operators control and operate machinery that generates electric power. They are also responsible for maintaining these machines, which also includes auxiliary equipment, steam engines, air compressors, and generators. They also work with turbines (including steam turbines) that provide light and heat for other buildings.

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Power Plant Operator Tasks

  • Make regular inspections of the turbine, generator, boilers, or other plant equipment.
  • Coordinate the operation of plants, dams, and stream flow in order to meet contracted power requirements.
  • Communicate with branch offices involved in the operation of the power plant to relate status, data, and observations.
  • Oversee, coordinate, and maintain power plant operations.
  • Maintain documentation of changes in the function of equipment, rainfall data, and general operating instructions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Operator

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. Power Plant Operators bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $63K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Power Plant Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%