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Power System Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Power System Operators in the United States, bringing in about $80K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Power System Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,964 - $99,631
(Median)
$60K
$80K
$100K
MEDIAN: $79,882
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90%

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$18.66 - $49.20
(Median)
$19
$34
$49
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,964 - $99,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,376  
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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$57,345 - $107,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.66 - $49.20  
   
Overtime
$27.18 - $76.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,376  
   
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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$57,345 - $107,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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

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

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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Power System Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $96K.

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Experience Affects Power System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$82,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 2%
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