Power Systems Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Power Systems Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $72K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Power Systems Engineers can bottom out near $61K or peak near $106K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Power Systems Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$60,648 - $102,572
(Median)
$61K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,197
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$20.27 - $53.26
(Median)
$20
$32
$53
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,648 - $102,572  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,291  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $8,500  
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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$60,509 - $105,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $53.26  
   
Overtime
$32.13 - $51.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,291  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $8,500  
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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$60,509 - $105,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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Power Systems Engineers note just a narrow range 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis.

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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $70K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $81K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $111K.

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Experience Affects Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%
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