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Power Plant Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Power Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $26.94 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. For the most part, Power Plant Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,942 - $91,225
(Median)
$39K
$59K
$91K
MEDIAN: $58,671
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$18.02 - $36.93
(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
$38,942 - $91,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,269  
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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$39,626 - $88,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.02 - $36.93  
   
Overtime
$26.78 - $58.17  
National Annualized 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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,269  
   
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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$39,626 - $88,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299

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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $55K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. Power Plant Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $63K on average.

 
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Experience Affects Power Plant Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

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
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%
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