Men account for the majority of Power Plant Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.16 per hour. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$12,365 - $87,262
$12K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $60,742
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50%
90%

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$15.28 - $33.96
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$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.16
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90%

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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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$32,045 - $85,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $33.96  
   
Overtime
$22.81 - $69.54  
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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$32,045 - $85,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $59K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Power Plant Technicians make a median salary of $63K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $81K on average.

Key Stats for Power Plant Technician

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

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
13%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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