Power Plant Technician Salary
A sizeable majority of Power Plant Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $25.00 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$12,255 - $88,084|
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|$31,553 - $87,207|
|Hourly Rate||$15.10 - $36.41|
|Overtime||$22.65 - $70.03|
|Total Pay (||$31,553 - $87,207|
Job Description for Power Plant Technician
Power plant technicians are responsible for monitoring, controlling, and maintaining their employers’ equipment within a power plant, such as turbines, boilers, and generators. They also control and monitor voltage and electricity and document all procedures for hardware and software installation. They must have excellent computer skills in order to maintain and adjust power levels and connect and disconnect power using advanced computerized systems. They must also learn relevant computer software and be able to troubleshoot problems which arise in equipment, instruments, and tools used at the power plant.Read More...
A high school diploma and trade school education or apprenticeship are often minimum requirements for this position, and some employers may prefer those who also have relevant work experience. Extensive on-the-job training may be provided, and candidates should also have a valid driver's license to drive employers’ vehicles to cell sites. They should have clean driving records and pass background and drug tests, and should also be physically fit and able to stoop, bend, or stand for long periods of time.
Interpersonal and communication skills are beneficial in this position, and they must be able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment. They must always follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and their own company’s safety rules and regulations, and some may need to train new technicians. Flexibility with shifts is also beneficial, as many power plants operate 24/7.
Power Plant Technician Tasks
- Monitor and oversee any contractors to ensure in-field safety and quality requirements are met.
- Test equipment, installations, procedures, and maintenance techniques to ensure quality.
- Troubleshoot, maintain, and install equipment throughout the facility.
- Conform to all health and safety regulations and procedures.
Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Technician
Pay by Experience for a Power Plant Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Power Plant Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Power Plant Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 8 salaries. An experienced Power Plant Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 12 salaries. A Power Plant Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 5 salaries.
Key Stats for Power Plant Technician
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