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Power Plant Operator Average Salary in Portugal 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
1,950 EUR
( 23,400 EUR yearly)

LOW
960
EUR
AVERAGE
1,950
EUR
HIGH
3,050
EUR

A person working as a Power Plant Operator in Portugal typically earns around 1,950 EUR per month. Salaries range from 960 EUR (lowest) to 3,050 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Portugal

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Power Plant Operator salaries in Portugal range from 960 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 3,050 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,990 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 1,990 EUR while the other half are earning more than 1,990 EUR. 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 1,330 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,330 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 2,570 EUR while 25% are earning more than 2,570 EUR.


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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Portugal Power Plant Operator
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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 1,130 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,460 EUR per month, 28% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 2,010 EUR per month, 38% 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 2,490 EUR per month, 24% 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 2,670 EUR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 2,850 EUR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Power Plant Operator average salary change by experience in Portugal

0 - 2 Years
1,130 EUR
2 - 5 Years+28%
1,460 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
2,010 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
2,490 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
2,670 EUR
20+ Years+7%
2,850 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.

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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 1,460 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,080 EUR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 2,880 EUR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.


Power Plant Operator average salary difference by education level in Portugal

High School
1,460 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+43%
2,080 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+38%
2,880 EUR
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 monthly Portugal 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 Portugal earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
2,000 EUR
Female-5%
1,900 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Power Plant Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

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

Power Plant Operator

Power Plant Operator(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% 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.

Portugal / 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 Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2019. 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 Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal 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
56%
No Bonus
44%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Portugal


11 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 11 EUR. This means that the average Power Plant Operator in Portugal earns approximately 11 EUR 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 monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Power Plant Operator is 21% less than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

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Biomass Power Plant Manager3,560 EUR+82%
Chemical Plant Operator2,050 EUR+5%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer2,660 EUR+36%
Completions Engineer2,430 EUR+24%
Cost Controller1,850 EUR-5%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative2,590 EUR+33%
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Distribution Manager3,310 EUR+70%
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Dump Truck Driver930 EUR-52%
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Energy Advisor3,930 EUR+100%
Energy Analyst3,400 EUR+74%
Energy Auditor2,920 EUR+50%
Energy Dispatch Director4,360 EUR+120%
Energy Technical Assistant1,570 EUR-20%
Energy Technical Manager3,010 EUR+54%
Energy Technical Trainer2,110 EUR+8%
Exploration Manager4,310 EUR+120%
Field Safety Auditor2,830 EUR+45%
Fluids Engineer2,310 EUR+18%
Fuel Cell Engineer2,680 EUR+37%
Fuel Cell Technician1,240 EUR-36%
Fuels Handler1,120 EUR-43%
Gas Compressor Operator1,130 EUR-42%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator2,040 EUR+5%
Gas Supply Manager3,560 EUR+82%
Geologist4,530 EUR+130%
Geophysicist4,450 EUR+130%
Geothermal Production Manager4,240 EUR+120%
Geothermal Technician1,690 EUR-13%
HSE Engineer2,430 EUR+24%
HSE Officer1,440 EUR-26%
HSEQ Administrator1,790 EUR-8%
Inspector2,350 EUR+20%
Instructor1,990 EUR+2%
Instrument Designer1,830 EUR-6%
Lead Technical Field Advisor3,320 EUR+70%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator2,050 EUR+5%
Maintenance Engineer2,460 EUR+26%
Maintenance Superintendent2,100 EUR+8%
Material Controller1,580 EUR-19%
Mine Engineer2,380 EUR+22%
Mine Surveyor2,640 EUR+35%
Mining Project Administrator2,100 EUR+8%
Mining Project Assistant1,710 EUR-12%
Mining Project Controls Consultant2,630 EUR+35%
Mining Project Coordinator2,190 EUR+12%
Mining Project Engineer2,390 EUR+22%
Mining Project Manager3,230 EUR+65%
Mining Site Manager3,360 EUR+72%
Mining Team Leader2,500 EUR+28%
NDT Technician1,560 EUR-20%
Oil Service Unit Operator1,300 EUR-33%
Oil Trader3,240 EUR+66%
Oilwell Pumper900 EUR-54%
Petroleum Engineer 2,790 EUR+43%
Petroleum Geologist4,190 EUR+110%
Petroleum Pump System Operator1,310 EUR-33%
Pipeline Technician960 EUR-51%
Power Coordinator1,540 EUR-21%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal1,880 EUR
Lisbon2,300 EUR
Porto2,110 EUR

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 Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,680 EUR
Public Sector+6%
2,840 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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