Average Gas Plant Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Gas Plant Operator is $27.84.
MEDIAN $27.84
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Hourly Rate
$17 - $39
$815 - $9,819
Profit Sharing
$972 - $3,561
Total Pay
$36,941 - $89,957

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Job Description for Gas Plant Operator

Gas Plant Operator Tasks
  • Operate natural gas plant and pipeline equipment including amine treating plants, chilled water gas conditioning skids, and more.
  • Inspect equipment and controls at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment or lubrication.
  • Adjust controls to operate equipment in the recommended or prescribed operating ranges.
  • Start-up and shutdown plant equipment.
  • Operate plant equipment and systems.

Popular Employer Salaries for Gas Plant Operator

The top respondents for the job title Gas Plant Operator are from the companies Airgas, Inc., DCP Midstream and Enterprise Products Company. Reported salaries are highest at DCP Midstream where the average pay is $32.12. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Enterprise Products Company, earning around $31.41. Airgas, Inc. pays the lowest at around $18.70. ONEOK Inc also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $25.98.

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Popular Skills for Gas Plant Operator

Skills in Plant Maintenance, Systems Troubleshooting, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Team Leadership and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Gas Plant Operator

An entry-level Gas Plant Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $24.45 based on 31 salaries. An early career Gas Plant Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.42 based on 110 salaries. A mid-career Gas Plant Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $29.68 based on 68 salaries. An experienced Gas Plant Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $32.57 based on 40 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $37.
Employees with Gas Plant Operator in their job title in Carlsbad, New Mexico earn an average of 38.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (18.4% more) and Hobbs, New Mexico (8.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (8.9% less).

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