Average Power System Operators in the United States make around $81K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Power System Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Power System Operators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,791 - $107,006
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$55K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,613
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$20.17 - $48.21
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,791 - $107,006  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,333  
Total Pay (?
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$50,812 - $109,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$20.17 - $48.21  
   
Overtime
$29.35 - $76.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,333  
   
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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$50,812 - $109,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $82K. Power System Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. Power System Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $91K on average.

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Experience Affects Power System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Power System Operator Salaries


National Average
$79,000

Systems Computer/Console Operations
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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