Power Plant Operator Salary

Power Plant Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $30.13 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Power Plant Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,658 - $94,913
$35K
$70K
$95K
MEDIAN: $69,600
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50%
90%

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$18.25 - $40.15
$18
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $30.98
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$0$94K
Salary $34,658 - $94,913
Bonus $0.00 - $9,862
Profit Sharing $4,191
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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$40,187 - $94,409
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 88
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $18.25 - $40.15
Overtime $27.39 - $61.41
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,862
Profit Sharing $4,191
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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$40,187 - $94,409
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 239

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Job Description for Power Plant Operator

Power plant operators control and operate machinery that generates electric power. They are also responsible for maintaining these machines, which also includes auxiliary equipment, steam engines, air compressors, and generators. They also work with turbines (including steam turbines) that provide light and heat for other buildings.

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Power Plant Operator Tasks

  • Make regular inspections of the turbine, generator, boilers, or other plant equipment.
  • Coordinate the operation of plants, dams, and stream flow in order to meet contracted power requirements.
  • Communicate with branch offices involved in the operation of the power plant to relate status, data, and observations.
  • Oversee, coordinate, and maintain power plant operations.
  • Maintain documentation of changes in the function of equipment, rainfall data, and general operating instructions.

Common Career Paths for Power Plant Operator


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For Power Plant Operators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Power Plant Operators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Power Plant Control Room Operator.

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Pay by Experience Level for Power Plant Operator

Pay by Experience for a Power Plant Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Power Plant Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 139 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Power Plant Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 104 salaries. An experienced Power Plant Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 87 salaries. A Power Plant Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 69 salaries.

Power Plant Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Power Plant Operator?

Power Plant Operator in West Lafayette:
"Job Security, Benefits."
Pros: Great job security, Purdue resolves most problems without firing, and cares about retention. It's a Land-Grant College, so we're basically working for the state, as such our benefits and salaries reflect similar government positions.
Cons: Low salary rate. Extremely slow for upgrades and improvements.

Power Plant Operator in Johnston:
"Don't go in blind."
Understand heat transfer and fluid flow. Be able to read P&IDs. Learn from the people who have been there longer than you.

Power Plant Operator in Tanana:
"Its a great job to have, I truly enjoy doing it."
Pros: Freedom to be in a place that I love.
Cons: Lots of responsibility some times but nothing I cant handle.

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Key Stats for Power Plant Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Power Plant Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$69,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Skills That Affect Power Plant Operator Salaries

Gas Turbine
▲22%

Instrument Control
▲10%

Machine Operation
▲10%

National Average
$69,000

Systems Troubleshooting
▼16%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 7%
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