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Power Systems Engineer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Power Systems Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $72K per year nationwide. With some bonuses approaching $13K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Power Systems Engineers spread between $60K and $112K depending on individual performance. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Power Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$60,173 - $103,283
(Median)
60K
84K
100K
MEDIAN: $71,623
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Power Systems Engineer Salary (?
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$20.27 - $53.26
(Median)
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32
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,173 - $103,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,283  
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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$59,688 - $111,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $53.26  
   
Overtime
$32.21 - $51.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,283  
   
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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$59,688 - $111,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Survey results show that Power Systems Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Systems Engineering, and Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Power Systems Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $70K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $78K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. Power Systems Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $123K.

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Experience Affects Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%
Experienced
up arrow 40%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$73,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 9%
National Average
$73,000
Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%
Project Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%