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Power Systems Engineer Salary

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. In the world of Power Systems Engineers, overall income ranges from $60K near the bottom to $109K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Power Systems Engineers.

$60,491 - $103,322
(Median)
$60K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,128
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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
$60,491 - $103,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,404  
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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$60,093 - $109,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $53.26  
   
Overtime
$32.40 - $51.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,404  
   
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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$60,093 - $109,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Survey takers who work as Power Systems Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Systems Engineering, and Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Power Systems Engineer

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


Power Systems Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $70K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $82K on average. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $101K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $116K.

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Experience Affects Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 37%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Power Systems Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

National Average
$74,000

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 5%