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Power System Operator Salary

Male Power System Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $79K per year in the United States. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly all collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Power System Operators is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$59,315 - $99,543
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $78,899
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$19.65 - $49.21
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,315 - $99,543  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,748  
Total Pay (?
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$57,927 - $108,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.65 - $49.21  
   
Overtime
$27.00 - $78.56  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,748  
   
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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$57,927 - $108,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $73K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $97K.

Experience Affects Power System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$82,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 2%