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Refinery Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Refinery Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $26.79 per hour nationwide. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Most Refinery Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,000 - $88,540
(Median)
36K
49K
62K
74K
89K
MEDIAN: $61,761
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$16.66 - $38.62
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,000 - $88,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,233  
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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$39,055 - $96,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.66 - $38.62  
   
Overtime
$22.60 - $56.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,233  
   
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).
)
$39,055 - $96,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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.


Refinery Operators generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Refinery Operators make a median salary of $81K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $84K on average.

Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 9%