Power System Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Power System Operators in the United States, bringing in about $80K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Power System Operators is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,122 - $100,111
(Median)
$60K
$80K
$100K
MEDIAN: $79,559
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$18.25 - $48.74
(Median)
$18
$34
$49
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,122 - $100,111  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
Total Pay (?
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$56,154 - $108,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $48.74  
   
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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$56,154 - $108,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $71K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. Power System Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $89K. 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 $96K.

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Experience Affects Power System Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

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
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 98% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 1%
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