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Power Plant Operator Average Salary in Sri Lanka 2020

How much money does a Power Plant Operator make in Sri Lanka?

Average Monthly Salary
73,200 LKR
( 879,000 LKR yearly)


A person working as a Power Plant Operator in Sri Lanka typically earns around 73,200 LKR per month. Salaries range from 38,100 LKR (lowest) to 112,000 LKR (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 Sri Lanka

Median and salary distribution monthly Sri Lanka Power Plant Operator
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Power Plant Operator salaries in Sri Lanka range from 38,100 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 112,000 LKR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 70,300 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 70,300 LKR while the other half are earning more than 70,300 LKR. 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 48,800 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 48,800 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 87,500 LKR while 25% are earning more than 87,500 LKR.

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 Sri Lanka 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 43,300 LKR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 58,000 LKR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 75,400 LKR per month, 30% 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 91,300 LKR per month, 21% 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 99,800 LKR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 105,000 LKR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Power Plant Operator average salary change by experience in Sri Lanka

0 - 2 Years
43,300 LKR
2 - 5 Years+34%
58,000 LKR
5 - 10 Years+30%
75,400 LKR
10 - 15 Years+21%
91,300 LKR
15 - 20 Years+9%
99,800 LKR
20+ Years+5%
105,000 LKR
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.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Sri Lanka 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 51,400 LKR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 73,600 LKR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 102,000 LKR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Power Plant Operator average salary difference by education level in Sri Lanka

High School
51,400 LKR
Certificate or Diploma+43%
73,600 LKR
Bachelor's Degree+38%
102,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

77,500 LKR
70,300 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sri Lanka for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Sri Lanka
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Power Plant Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sri Lanka

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

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Power Plant Operator(s) in Sri Lanka are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 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.

Sri Lanka / 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 Sri Lanka is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Sri Lanka 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.

49% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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 Sri Lanka

420 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 420 LKR. This means that the average Power Plant Operator in Sri Lanka earns approximately 420 LKR 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 Sri Lanka
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The average salary for Power Plant Operator is 9% 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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Associate Analyst90,500 LKR+24%
Associate Landman38,000 LKR-48%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator35,600 LKR-51%
Biomass Plant Technician42,100 LKR-43%
Biomass Power Plant Manager121,000 LKR+65%
Chemical Plant Operator73,200 LKR-0%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer89,400 LKR+22%
Completions Engineer80,200 LKR+10%
Cost Controller61,200 LKR-16%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative94,200 LKR+29%
Dispatcher35,700 LKR-51%
Distribution Manager114,000 LKR+56%
Dragline Operator42,100 LKR-43%
Driller Offsider31,100 LKR-58%
Dump Truck Driver33,100 LKR-55%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager198,000 LKR+170%
Energy Advisor128,000 LKR+75%
Energy Analyst126,000 LKR+72%
Energy Auditor112,000 LKR+53%
Energy Dispatch Director150,000 LKR+100%
Energy Technical Assistant54,400 LKR-26%
Energy Technical Manager109,000 LKR+49%
Energy Technical Trainer72,300 LKR-1%
Exploration Manager152,000 LKR+110%
Field Safety Auditor92,400 LKR+26%
Fluids Engineer79,000 LKR+8%
Fuel Cell Engineer93,700 LKR+28%
Fuel Cell Technician44,900 LKR-39%
Fuels Handler40,800 LKR-44%
Gas Compressor Operator36,200 LKR-51%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator67,300 LKR-8%
Gas Supply Manager134,000 LKR+83%
Geologist159,000 LKR+120%
Geophysicist153,000 LKR+110%
Geothermal Production Manager148,000 LKR+100%
Geothermal Technician61,000 LKR-17%
HSE Engineer87,500 LKR+20%
HSE Officer53,400 LKR-27%
HSEQ Administrator63,700 LKR-13%
Inspector82,200 LKR+12%
Instructor68,200 LKR-7%
Instrument Designer70,000 LKR-4%
Lead Technical Field Advisor112,000 LKR+53%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator73,200 LKR-0%
Maintenance Engineer88,700 LKR+21%
Maintenance Superintendent79,600 LKR+9%
Material Controller56,600 LKR-23%
Mine Engineer85,700 LKR+17%
Mine Surveyor98,100 LKR+34%
Mining Project Administrator72,700 LKR-1%
Mining Project Assistant58,600 LKR-20%
Mining Project Controls Consultant93,100 LKR+27%
Mining Project Coordinator75,800 LKR+4%
Mining Project Engineer84,300 LKR+15%
Mining Project Manager113,000 LKR+54%
Mining Site Manager114,000 LKR+56%
Mining Team Leader91,200 LKR+25%
NDT Technician51,600 LKR-30%
Oil Service Unit Operator44,200 LKR-40%
Oil Trader106,000 LKR+45%
Oilwell Pumper33,400 LKR-54%
Petroleum Engineer 96,800 LKR+32%
Petroleum Geologist160,000 LKR+120%
Petroleum Pump System Operator46,900 LKR-36%
Pipeline Technician34,400 LKR-53%
Power Coordinator53,700 LKR-27%
Power Plant Operations Manager160,000 LKR+120%
Power Plant Operator73,200 LKR-0%
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Roughneck90,100 LKR+23%
Scaffolder57,500 LKR-21%
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Solar Energy Systems Engineer85,300 LKR+16%
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Solar Thermal Technician51,600 LKR-30%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Colombo74,900 LKR

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 Sri Lanka earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
86,000 LKR
Public Sector+8%
92,500 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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