Men make up the majority of Power Plant Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $25.57 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Power Plant Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,905 - $81,918
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,028
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$15.10 - $35.53
(Median)
$15
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,905 - $81,918  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,456  
Profit Sharing
$1,350  
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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$31,782 - $83,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $35.53  
   
Overtime
$21.82 - $55.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,456  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,350  
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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$31,782 - $83,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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.

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Power Plant Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. Power Plant Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $81K.

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Experience Affects Power Plant Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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