Power Plant Operator Salary

Power Plant Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $28.83 per hour. While geography and the specific company impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. For the most part, Power Plant Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,479 - $92,209
$35K
$66K
$92K
MEDIAN: $65,825
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$17.58 - $40.04
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$40
MEDIAN: $28.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,479 - $92,209  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,928  
Profit Sharing
$6,250  
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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$39,855 - $91,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.58 - $40.04  
   
Overtime
$23.33 - $61.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,928  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,250  
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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$39,855 - $91,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244

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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

  • Oversee, coordinate, and maintain power plant operations.
  • Maintain documentation of changes in the function of equipment, rainfall data, and general operating instructions.
  • Communicate with branch offices involved in the operation of the power plant to relate status, data, and observations.
  • 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.

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Power Plant Operators' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Power Plant Control Room Operator. Median pay for Power Plant Control Room Operators is $69K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Operator

Pay by Experience for a Power Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Power Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 139 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Power Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 104 salaries. An experienced Power Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 87 salaries. A Power Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 69 salaries.

Power Plant Operator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Power Plant Operator?

Power Plant Operator in Johnston:
"Don't go in blind."
Understand heat transfer and fluid flow. Be able to read P&IDs. Learn from the people who have been there longer than you.

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Key Stats for Power Plant Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲15%

National Average
$65,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Power Plant Operator Salaries

Gas Turbine
▲29%

Instrument Control
▲17%

Machine Operation
▲16%

National Average
$65,000

Systems Troubleshooting
▼11%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 6%