Pay for Power Systems Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $73K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male Power Systems Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 88 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Power Systems Engineers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,983 - $100,371
(Median)
$61K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,024
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,983 - $100,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,254  
Profit Sharing
$1,943  
Total Pay (?
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$61,670 - $102,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.00  
   
Overtime
$37.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,254  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,943  
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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$61,670 - $102,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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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For Power Systems Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Power Systems Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Electrical Engineer.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Systems Engineer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Power Systems Engineers. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $71K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $84K on average. Power Systems Engineers see a median salary of $89K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $117K.

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Experience Affects Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Technical Analysis
up arrow 16%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 8%

National Average
$74,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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