Power Plant Operator Salary (United States)

A Power Plant Operator earns an average wage of $25.92 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Power Plant Operator Salary (?
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$39,022 - $88,086
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $55,544
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Power Plant Operator Salary (?
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$17.43 - $36.85
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,022 - $88,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,964  
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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$37,937 - $87,365  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.43 - $36.85  
   
Overtime
$26.80 - $58.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,964  
   
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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$37,937 - $87,365  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.

Pay Difference By Location

Bakersfield
up arrow 16%
National Average
$60,000
Houston
up arrow 27%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%
Late-Career
up arrow 6%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$60,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 59 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
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%
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