Male Refinery Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $27.34 per hour in the United States. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Refinery Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,547 - $95,366
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$41K
$74K
$95K
MEDIAN: $74,211
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$16.67 - $38.79
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$17
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$39
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,547 - $95,366  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $8,243  
Total Pay (?
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$39,956 - $94,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.67 - $38.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$22.76 - $60.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,939 - $8,243  
   
Total Pay (?
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$39,956 - $94,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $56K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $77K. Refinery Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $84K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $87K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$65,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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