Salary for Power Plant Operators

Also known as:  Hydroelectric Plant Operator, Power Plant Control Room Operator, Powerhouse Operator, Turbine Room Attendant

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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 an average salary of between 48000 to 72000 based on experience. Power Plant Operators can get wages of Sixty Three Thousand Two Hundred dollars per year.

Power Plant Operators can receive the best compensation in Washington, where they can get normal pay levels of approximating $80870. These employees have the highest salaries in Utilities, where they can get average compensation of $66760.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.47 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Power Plant Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $66,760
Utilities $63,640
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $59,610
Public Administration $59,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises $57,480
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $55,490
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $48,470
Educational Services $49,790
Wholesale Trade $53,620
Manufacturing $55,120
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $55,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises $57,480
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