Power Plant Technician Salary

Male Power Plant Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $25.89 per hour in the United States. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Power Plant Technicians is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,511 - $88,084
(Median)
$25K
$58K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,461
10%
50%
90%

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$16.42 - $37.88
(Median)
$16
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$24,511 - $88,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
Profit Sharing
$352.00  
Total Pay (?
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$34,288 - $87,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.42 - $37.88  
   
Overtime
$9.92 - $60.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$352.00  
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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$34,288 - $87,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Power Plant Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $75K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Power Plant Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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