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Refinery Operator Salary (United States)

A Refinery Operator earns an average wage of $26.79 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Refinery Operator Salary (?
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$32,818 - $86,748
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $68,052
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Refinery Operator Salary (?
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$16.27 - $38.31
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,818 - $86,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,941  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $2,543  
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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$37,937 - $95,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.27 - $38.31  
   
Overtime
$21.99 - $56.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,941  
   
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $2,543  
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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$37,937 - $95,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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Job Description for Refinery Operator

Refinery operators generally work in companies that are involved in the gas and oil industries, and the geographical locations of the jobs are limited to areas that have oil refineries. Generally, a high school diploma or equivalent is required, although additional education may be preferred. A professional background with refinery operations or a related field is usually needed as well.
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Refinery Operator Tasks
  • Anticipate machinery malfunctions and develop contingency plans to minimize process interruptions.
  • Conduct process control duties, identifying areas for improvement.
  • Ensure smooth refinery operations through efficient use of equipment and regular maintenance.

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Pay by Experience Level for Refinery Operator

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

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$63,000
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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%
Experienced
up arrow 27%
Mid-Career
up arrow 16%
National Average
$63,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%