The average hourly pay for a Refinery Operator is $30.47.
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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. The refinery operator's daily work mostly involves managing the operations at a refinery to ensure that safe…Read more
Refinery Operator Tasks
- Ensure smooth refinery operations through efficient use of equipment and regular maintenance.
- Conduct process control duties, identifying areas for improvement.
- Anticipate machinery malfunctions and develop contingency plans to minimize process interruptions.
Popular Employer Salaries for Refinery Operator
The top respondents for the job title Refinery Operator are from the companies Valero Energy Corp, Phillips 66 and Tesoro Petroleum Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Phillips 66 where the average pay is $40.00. Valero Energy Corp pays the lowest at around $22.63.
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Popular Skills for Refinery Operator
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Skills in Safety Compliance, Systems Computer/Console Operations, Systems Troubleshooting and Problem Solving are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include System Testing.
Pay by Experience Level for Refinery Operator
An entry-level Refinery Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $25.50 based on 16 salaries. An early career Refinery Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.36 based on 93 salaries. A mid-career Refinery Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34.34 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Refinery Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34.64 based on 51 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $39.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Refinery Operator in their job title in Martinez, California earn an average of 26.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Anacortes, Washington (24.7% more) and Corpus Christi, Texas (18.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (59.0% less), Detroit, Michigan (15.4% less) and Benicia, California (13.1% less).
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