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Refinery Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Refinery Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $26.74 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,000 - $94,286
(Median)
$36K
$64K
$94K
MEDIAN: $63,984
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90%

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$17.17 - $38.51
(Median)
$17
$27
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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
$36,000 - $94,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,783  
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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$38,927 - $97,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.17 - $38.51  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $56.81  
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 - $7,783  
   
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).
)
$38,927 - $97,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133

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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. The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $72K. Refinery Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $76K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $84K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Refinery Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

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 16 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 9%