Power Plant Operator Salary (United States)

A Power Plant Operator earns an average wage of $25.81 per hour. A skill in Gas Turbine is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Power Plant Operator Total Pay (?
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$39,866 - $87,855
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $56,185
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Power Plant Operator Total Pay (?
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$17.28 - $36.57
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,866 - $87,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,938  
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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$37,676 - $87,534  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.28 - $36.57  
   
Overtime
$26.95 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,938  
   
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).
)
$37,676 - $87,534  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 393
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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.

Pay Difference By Location

Sacramento
up arrow 35%
Bakersfield
up arrow 17%
National Average
$60,000
Houston
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Experience Affects Power Plant Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
Late-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$60,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Power Plant Operator Salaries

Gas Turbine
up arrow 31%
National Average
$60,000
Fossil Fuel Energy / Fossil Fuel Power
up arrow 5%
Plant Maintenance
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%
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