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Power Systems Engineer Salary

Power Systems Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $72K per year. In the world of Power Systems Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $60K and $108K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Work is enjoyable for Power Systems Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,443 - $102,806
(Median)
$60K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,884
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50%
90%

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$20.13 - $53.64
(Median)
$20
$33
$54
MEDIAN: $33.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,443 - $102,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,356  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,696  
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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$60,364 - $108,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.13 - $53.64  
   
Overtime
$32.13 - $51.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,356  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,696  
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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$60,364 - $108,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Power Systems Engineer

Power systems engineers are scientists who work in laboratories or power plants and are responsible for designing, testing, constructing, and operating power systems. They work in laboratories for universities or power companies, as well as in utility plants for utility companies. Power system engineers work with teams of engineers and scientists and typically report to a lead engineer. They can expect to work during regular business hours, either in the laboratory or at a power plant, and sometimes they will work night shifts or weekends. In emergency situations, they may be called in to work overtime hours. Many in this position work with a specific type of equipment, such as generators or refrigerators, and they are responsible for maintaining these systems. They must also be proficient in system diagnostics software and electrical systems monitoring in general.

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Power Systems Engineer Tasks

  • Develop methods of integrating renewable power technology.
  • Ensure safe operation of power grids, pumps, generators, motors, boilers, turbines, and heat exchangers etc.
  • Conceive, direct, implement, and evaluate efficiency of power systems.
  • Work with manufacturing engineering on release and documentation of new hardware, test equipment, and assembly fixtures.

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Typical Power Systems Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Systems Engineering, Project Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Power Systems Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Power Systems Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $70K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $82K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. 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 $116K on average.

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Experience Affects Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 37%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$74,000

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
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
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 5%
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