Power System Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Power System Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $80K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Power System Operators is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,171 - $99,531
(Median)
$60K
$80K
$100K
MEDIAN: $79,716
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$18.06 - $48.95
(Median)
$18
$34
$49
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,171 - $99,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
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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$57,396 - $107,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.06 - $48.95  
   
Overtime
$29.30 - $76.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
   
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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$57,396 - $107,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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.


For Power System Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $81K. Power System Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $91K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $97K.

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Experience Affects Power System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$81,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 98% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 1%
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