Power System Operator Salary

Male Power System Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $80K per year in the United States. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Power System Operators. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,938 - $101,836
(Median)
$59K
$80K
$100K
MEDIAN: $80,087
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50%
90%

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$19.87 - $47.30
(Median)
$20
$34
$47
MEDIAN: $34.00
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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 (?
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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 takers who work as Power System Operators report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know NERC CIP Compliance command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Power System Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $72K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. On average, Power System Operators make $90K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $95K on average.

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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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