Refinery Operator Salary

Male Refinery Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $27.07 per hour in the United States. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Refinery Operators. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,624 - $98,422
(Median)
$42K
$71K
$98K
MEDIAN: $70,931
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$17.86 - $39.06
(Median)
$18
$27
$39
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,624 - $98,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,650  
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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$40,841 - $99,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.86 - $39.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$23.26 - $59.08  
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
$0.00 - $9,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,650  
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).
)
$40,841 - $99,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $56K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $84K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $86K.

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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%

National Average
$64,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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