Power Plant Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Power Plant Technicians earn an average of $25.16 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,365 - $87,262
$12K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $60,742
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90%

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$15.17 - $35.34
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MEDIAN: $25.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$12,365 - $87,262  
   
Bonus
$1,474  
Profit Sharing
$1,350  
Total Pay (?
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$31,782 - $86,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $35.34  
   
Overtime
$22.65 - $70.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,474  
   
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 - $86,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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

  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and install equipment throughout the facility.
  • Conform to all health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • 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.

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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.


For many Power Plant Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $50K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. Power Plant Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Power Plant Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $81K.

Key Stats for Power Plant Technician

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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