Refinery Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Refinery Operators in the United States, bringing in about $27.04 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Refinery Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,305 - $94,875
(Median)
$39K
$68K
$95K
MEDIAN: $68,314
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$17.45 - $38.16
(Median)
$17
$27
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,305 - $94,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,043  
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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$39,722 - $97,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.45 - $38.16  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $56.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,043  
   
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).
)
$39,722 - $97,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Refinery Operators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $85K.

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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

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
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 10%
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