Power Plant Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Power Plant Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $26.64 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Power Plant Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,847 - $89,731

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$17.87 - $36.65

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Salary
$38,847 - $89,731  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,191  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $5,087  
Total Pay (?
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$39,711 - $87,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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Hourly Rate
$17.87 - $36.65  
   
Overtime
$26.43 - $57.92  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,191  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $5,087  
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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$39,711 - $87,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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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Power Plant Operators often end up in upper-level roles like Power Plant Control Room Operator. Power Plant Control Room Operators bring home $68K annually on average.

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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $62K. Power Plant Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Power Plant Operators who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $63K.

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Experience Affects Power Plant Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
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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
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%
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