Refinery Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Refinery Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $27.34 per hour nationwide. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Refinery Operators. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,330 - $95,541
$40K
$78K
$96K
MEDIAN: $77,640
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$15.78 - $39.42
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$27
$39
MEDIAN: $27.34
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,330 - $95,541  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $8,940  
Profit Sharing
$3,250  
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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$39,843 - $96,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $39.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$22.54 - $61.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $8,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,250  
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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$39,843 - $96,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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

  • Ensure smooth refinery operations through efficient use of equipment and regular maintenance.
  • Conduct process control duties, identifying areas for improvement.
  • Anticipate machinery malfunctions and develop contingency plans to minimize process interruptions.

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Phillips 66 leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $87K.

Pay by Experience Level for Refinery Operator

Pay by Experience for a Refinery Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Refinery Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Refinery Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Refinery Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 30 salaries. A Refinery Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 16 salaries.

Refinery Operator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Refinery Operator?

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲16%

National Average
$68,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 5%
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