Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Power Plant Operator make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$63,296 / yrTotal Pay
$58,748 / yrBase Pay
$4,547 / yrAdditional Pay

$63,296

 / yr
$43K$93K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Power Plant Operator is $63,296 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $58,748 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $4,547 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Operator

$42,627 /yr
Operator
$57,289 /yr
Senior Operator
$54,157 /yr
Operator IV
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Related Job Titles

For Power Plant Operator

Some related job titles are Apprentice Power Plant Operator Salaries with median pay of $61,669, Nuclear Power Plant Operator Salaries with median pay of $84,959, Power Plant Control Room Operator Salaries with median pay of $57,987, Boiler Operator Salaries with median pay of $44,302.

Top Paying Companies

For a Power Plant Operator in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Power Plant Operator in United States. Employers include Calpine, Dynegy and NRG Energy.

1
Calpine
$108,223/yr
2
Dynegy
$107,119/yr
4
NAES
$94,834/yr

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NRG Energy
3.9
Power Plant OperatorSee 14 salaries from this location

$102,348

 / yr

$45

 / hr

$75,365

 / yr

$52

 / hr

$30

 / hr

$44

 / hr
Dynegy
4.1
Power Plant OperatorSee 6 salaries from this location

$51

 / hr

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$39

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$102,359

 / yr

$73,091

 / yr

$47

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$5,867

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$87,748

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$98,979

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Top Paying Industries

For a Power Plant Operator in United States

The top 3 paying industries for a Power Plant Operator in United States are Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $98,591, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $78,147 and Healthcare with a median total pay of $62,322.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$98,591

    5% Higher than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$78,147

    20% Lower than other industries

  • HealthcareHealthcare$62,322

    50% Lower than other industries

Energy, Mining & Utilities

Top paying companies in Energy, Mining & Utilities for Power Plant Operator are Calpine, Dynegy, and NRG Energy.

CalpineCalpine$108,223/yr
DynegyDynegy$107,119/yr
NRG EnergyNRG Energy$102,348/yr

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What is the pay outlook for Operations?

Operations roles are critical as employers navigate an increasingly global business environment. The rise of globalization and e-commerce mean supply chains and inventory management are increasingly important. The educational requirements for operations are increasing as data and technology become essential for managing complex operations. As demand for these skills and workers grows, pay should increase as well.

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Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date of Time

Plant Operator

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$45,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Operator

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$17

/hr

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1-3 years
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United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$160,000

/yr

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United States of America

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$12

/hr

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United States of America

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Power Plant Operator pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Power Plant Operator is $58,748 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Power Plant Operator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 281 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Power Plant Operator employees.

The highest salary for a Power Plant Operator in United States is $84,967 per year.

The lowest salary for a Power Plant Operator in United States is $40,620 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Power Plant Operator or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Power Plant Operator.