Men represent the vast majority of Refinery Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $27.47 per hour nationwide. Location and years of experience 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. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,107 - $92,575
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MEDIAN: $74,557
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$17.66 - $39.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,107 - $92,575  
   
Bonus
$993 - $8,243  
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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$40,417 - $93,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.66 - $39.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$23.57 - $62.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$993 - $8,243  
   
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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$40,417 - $93,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $79K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $85K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $86K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Refinery Operator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Refinery Operator in Los Angeles:
"No holidays off."
Long hours, lots of overtime, pays good, missed holidays, rotating shifts, stressful, dangerous.

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Key Stats for Refinery Operator

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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