Power Systems Engineer Salary

Male Power Systems Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $72K per year in the United States. Cash earnings for Power Systems Engineers — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $61K to approximately $106K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$60,628 - $102,643
(Median)
$61K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,988
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90%

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$20.13 - $53.64
(Median)
$20
$33
$54
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,628 - $102,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,312  
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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$60,561 - $105,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,312  
   
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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$60,561 - $105,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Power Systems Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Power Systems Engineers. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $111K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

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 4%

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 36 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
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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