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Power Plant Operator Average Salary in Australia 2023

How much money does a Power Plant Operator make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
72,800 AUD
( 6,060 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Power Plant Operator in Australia typically earns around 72,800 AUD per year. Salaries range from 36,400 AUD (lowest) to 113,000 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Power Plant Operator salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Power Plant Operator Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Power Plant Operator
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Power Plant Operator salaries in Australia range from 36,400 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 113,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 72,800 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 72,800 AUD while the other half are earning more than 72,800 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 49,100 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 49,100 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 92,800 AUD while 25% are earning more than 92,800 AUD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Power Plant Operator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Power Plant Operator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 43,600 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 57,800 AUD per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 77,300 AUD per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Power Plant Operator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 92,200 AUD per year, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 99,400 AUD per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 107,000 AUD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Power Plant Operator average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
43,600 AUD
2 - 5 Years+32%
57,800 AUD
5 - 10 Years+34%
77,300 AUD
10 - 15 Years+19%
92,200 AUD
15 - 20 Years+8%
99,400 AUD
20+ Years+7%
107,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Power Plant Operator(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Australia Power Plant Operator
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Power Plant Operator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Power Plant Operator is 57,800 AUD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 80,700 AUD per year, 40% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 101,000 AUD per year, 25% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Power Plant Operator average salary difference by education level in Australia

High School
57,800 AUD
Certificate or Diploma+40%
80,700 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+25%
101,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Power Plant Operator
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Power Plant Operator employees in Australia earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

74,300 AUD
71,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Power Plant Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Power Plant Operator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Power Plant Operator

Power Plant Operator(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Power Plant Operator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Power Plant Operator
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A Power Plant Operator is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Power Plant Operator Average Hourly Wage in Australia

35 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 35 AUD. This means that the average Power Plant Operator in Australia earns approximately 35 AUD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Power Plant Operator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Power Plant Operator and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining yearly Australia
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The average salary for Power Plant Operator is 11% less than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Yard Manager80,600 AUD+11%
Associate Analyst95,000 AUD+31%
Associate Landman39,900 AUD-45%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator34,100 AUD-53%
Biomass Plant Technician44,000 AUD-40%
Biomass Power Plant Manager115,000 AUD+58%
Chemical Plant Operator71,000 AUD-2%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer85,900 AUD+18%
Completions Engineer78,100 AUD+7%
Cost Controller62,700 AUD-14%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative95,500 AUD+31%
Dispatcher35,700 AUD-51%
Distribution Manager118,000 AUD+62%
Dragline Operator40,100 AUD-45%
Driller Offsider30,700 AUD-58%
Dump Truck Driver33,400 AUD-54%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager195,000 AUD+170%
Energy Advisor132,000 AUD+81%
Energy Analyst126,000 AUD+73%
Energy Auditor113,000 AUD+55%
Energy Dispatch Director149,000 AUD+100%
Energy Technical Assistant53,800 AUD-26%
Energy Technical Manager103,000 AUD+42%
Energy Technical Trainer72,700 AUD-0%
Exploration Manager153,000 AUD+110%
Field Safety Auditor98,300 AUD+35%
Fluids Engineer82,000 AUD+13%
Fuel Cell Engineer87,600 AUD+20%
Fuel Cell Technician42,300 AUD-42%
Fuels Handler41,400 AUD-43%
Gas Compressor Operator36,000 AUD-51%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator67,600 AUD-7%
Gas Supply Manager137,000 AUD+88%
Geologist148,000 AUD+100%
Geophysicist162,000 AUD+120%
Geothermal Production Manager150,000 AUD+110%
Geothermal Technician62,300 AUD-14%
HSE Engineer89,400 AUD+23%
HSE Officer55,000 AUD-24%
HSEQ Administrator58,700 AUD-19%
Inspector80,800 AUD+11%
Instructor72,100 AUD-1%
Instrument Designer70,700 AUD-3%
Lead Technical Field Advisor113,000 AUD+55%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator73,800 AUD+1%
Maintenance Engineer86,200 AUD+18%
Maintenance Superintendent80,900 AUD+11%
Material Controller60,000 AUD-18%
Mine Engineer80,800 AUD+11%
Mine Surveyor98,100 AUD+35%
Mining Project Administrator74,900 AUD+3%
Mining Project Assistant62,000 AUD-15%
Mining Project Controls Consultant99,300 AUD+36%
Mining Project Coordinator77,200 AUD+6%
Mining Project Engineer80,600 AUD+11%
Mining Project Manager111,000 AUD+53%
Mining Site Manager109,000 AUD+50%
Mining Team Leader95,200 AUD+31%
NDT Technician50,200 AUD-31%
Oil Service Unit Operator45,700 AUD-37%
Oil Trader113,000 AUD+55%
Oilwell Pumper31,800 AUD-56%
Petroleum Engineer 93,800 AUD+29%
Petroleum Geologist154,000 AUD+110%
Petroleum Pump System Operator49,700 AUD-32%
Pipeline Technician33,400 AUD-54%
Power Coordinator51,700 AUD-29%
Power Plant Operations Manager173,000 AUD+140%
Power Plant Operator72,800 AUD+0%
Radio Operator38,500 AUD-47%
Reliability Engineer83,900 AUD+15%
Reservoir Engineer82,200 AUD+13%
Risk Analyst103,000 AUD+42%
Roughneck90,800 AUD+25%
Scaffolder54,600 AUD-25%
Shutdown Engineer71,000 AUD-2%
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Solar Energy Systems Engineer85,700 AUD+18%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer54,800 AUD-25%
Solar Thermal Technician52,800 AUD-27%
Supply Operations Manager146,000 AUD+100%
Sustainability Specialist134,000 AUD+84%
System Development Advisor95,400 AUD+31%
Tanker Truck Driver33,900 AUD-53%
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Wind Energy Project Manager115,000 AUD+58%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide68,600 AUD
Brisbane71,500 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan65,700 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed67,200 AUD
Gosford60,200 AUD
Melbourne72,900 AUD
Newcastle64,500 AUD
Perth70,100 AUD
Sunshine Coast62,900 AUD
Sydney74,300 AUD
Wollongong61,600 AUD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
88,600 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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