Refinery Operator Salary

Refinery Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $26.76 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,305 - $94,875
(Median)
$39K
$68K
$95K
MEDIAN: $68,314
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90%

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$17.42 - $38.08
(Median)
$17
$27
$38
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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 - $8,013  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $2,543  
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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$39,420 - $97,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.42 - $38.08  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $56.80  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $2,543  
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).
)
$39,420 - $97,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Refinery Operators. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $72K. For Refinery Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $75K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $85K.

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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$62,000

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
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 10%
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