Power Systems Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Power Systems Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $73K per year. Final cash compensation to Power Systems Engineers varies from around $61K to approximately $108K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $9K, respectively. 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. Most Power Systems Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$60,722 - $103,832
(Median)
$61K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,968
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$20.00 - $44.50
(Median)
$20
$32
$44
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,722 - $103,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,814  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $8,500  
Total Pay (?
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$60,651 - $107,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.00 - $44.50  
   
Overtime
$30.71 - $50.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,814  
   
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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$60,651 - $107,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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 takers who work as Power Systems Engineers typically report just a few professional 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.

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. The average inexperienced worker earns $71K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $83K. Power Systems Engineers see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $117K.

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Experience Affects Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering
0%

National Average
$74,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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