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.

$12,255 - $88,084
$12K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,539
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$15.10 - $36.41
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$25
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$12,255 - $88,084  
   
Bonus
$1,474  
Total Pay (?
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$31,553 - $87,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $36.41  
   
Overtime
$22.65 - $70.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,474  
   
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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$31,553 - $87,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

Experienced
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 14%
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