Power System Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Power System Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $80K annually nationwide. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Power System Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$58,938 - $101,836
(Median)
$59K
$80K
$100K
MEDIAN: $80,087
10%
50%
90%

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$19.87 - $47.30
(Median)
$20
$34
$47
MEDIAN: $34.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,938 - $101,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,164  
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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$57,352 - $108,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $47.30  
   
Overtime
$29.44 - $77.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,164  
   
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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$57,352 - $108,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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Survey results show that Power System Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know NERC CIP Compliance can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Systems Computer/Console Operations.

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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. For Power System Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $90K. 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 $95K.

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Experience Affects Power System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$81,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Power System Operator Salaries

NERC CIP Compliance
up arrow 22%

National Average
$81,000

Systems Computer/Console Operations
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 1%
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