Refinery Operator Salary

Refinery Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $26.97 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Refinery Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,305 - $94,875

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$17.62 - $38.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,305 - $94,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,032  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$39,832 - $97,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.62 - $38.39  
   
Overtime
$22.27 - $57.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $4,000  
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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$39,832 - $97,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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.


For many Refinery Operators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $75K. Refinery Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $85K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

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 17 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 10%
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