Power System Operator Salary

Pay for Power System Operators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $82K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up the vast majority of Power System Operators (86 percent) who took the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$54,802 - $110,218
$55K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,307
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$17.75 - $48.21
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MEDIAN: $31.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,802 - $110,218  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
Total Pay (?
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$50,954 - $111,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.75 - $48.21  
   
Overtime
$21.58 - $76.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
   
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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$50,954 - $111,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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Job Description for Power System Operator

Power system operators are responsible for configuring and operating power systems that require specialty training. They are in charge of monitoring and moving different equipment in a plant setting, and they must follow all safety procedures to prevent on-the-job accidents. One of the operator's main functions include operating power systems according to established guidelines for operation. They are also responsible for dealing with power systems maintenance, repair, and escalating operational issues as needed. In addition, power system operators are in charge of restoring power systems after electricity failure, performing high-voltage operations, and directing protective device procedures.

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Power System Operator Tasks

  • Analyze data to determine energy and capacity for power systems.
  • Test for compliance to policies and regulations and create processes to increase compliance.
  • Create schedules and determine usage and equipment loads to forecast goals.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power System Operator

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


Power System Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. Power System Operators see a median salary of $92K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Power System Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $97K.

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Key Stats for Power System Operator

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Power System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$81,000

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Power System Operator Salaries


National Average
$81,000

Systems Computer/Console Operations
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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