Average Refinery Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Refinery Operator is $30.47.
MEDIAN $30.47
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Hourly Rate
$17 - $41
$750 - $10,000
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $4,112
Total Pay
$39,983 - $102,889

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Job Description for Refinery Operator

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.

Career Paths

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Refinery Operator
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Popular Skills for Refinery Operator

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.
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).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 225 survey responses.
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