Salary for Power Plant Operators

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Also known as:  Hydroelectric Plant Operator, Power Plant Control Room Operator, Powerhouse Operator, Turbine Room Attendant helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Power plant operators control, operate and maintain equipment and machinery used to generate electric power. Their job can be dangerous as they are often required to deal with work environments containing hazardous materials. Potential applicants for this position are usually asked to have completed technical schooling in order to be considered. After being hired, an employer usually requires up to two years of training on-site.

A Power Plant Operator will normally get salaries ranging from $48,090 - $111,470 based on the level of experience. will normally get a salary of eigthy-one thousand eight hundred and ninety dollars on a yearly basis.

can get the best pay in Oregon, where they can earn an average job salary of about $102,390. People in this category of job are paid at the highest average level in Other Services (except Public Administration), where they can earn average pay scales of $85,440.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 59.58 percent nationwide in that time.


Power Plant Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing