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Power Plant Operator Average Salary in United Kingdom 2020

How much money does a Power Plant Operator make in United Kingdom?


Average Yearly Salary
55,200 GBP
( 4,600 GBP monthly)

LOW
27,000
GBP
AVERAGE
55,200
GBP
HIGH
86,100
GBP

A person working as a Power Plant Operator in United Kingdom typically earns around 55,200 GBP per year. Salaries range from 27,000 GBP (lowest) to 86,100 GBP (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 United Kingdom

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

  • Salary Range

    Power Plant Operator salaries in United Kingdom range from 27,000 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 86,100 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 56,300 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 56,300 GBP while the other half are earning more than 56,300 GBP. 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 37,500 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 37,500 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 72,600 GBP while 25% are earning more than 72,600 GBP.


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 yearly United Kingdom 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 32,100 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 41,200 GBP per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 56,900 GBP per year, 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 70,400 GBP per year, 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 75,500 GBP per year, 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 80,500 GBP per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Power Plant Operator average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
32,100 GBP
2 - 5 Years+29%
41,200 GBP
5 - 10 Years+38%
56,900 GBP
10 - 15 Years+24%
70,400 GBP
15 - 20 Years+7%
75,500 GBP
20+ Years+7%
80,500 GBP
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 yearly United Kingdom 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 41,200 GBP per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 58,900 GBP per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 81,400 GBP per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.


Power Plant Operator average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

High School
41,200 GBP
Certificate or Diploma+43%
58,900 GBP
Bachelor's Degree+38%
81,400 GBP
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 yearly United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
56,400 GBP
Female-4%
53,900 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Power Plant Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

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

Power Plant Operator

Power Plant Operator(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Power Plant Operator
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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.

United Kingdom / 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom 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.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% 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
58%
No Bonus
42%

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 United Kingdom


27 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 27 GBP. This means that the average Power Plant Operator in United Kingdom earns approximately 27 GBP 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 United Kingdom
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The average salary for Power Plant Operator is 14% 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

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Associate Analyst71,300 GBP+29%
Associate Landman29,900 GBP-46%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator27,700 GBP-50%
Biomass Plant Technician32,900 GBP-40%
Biomass Power Plant Manager96,800 GBP+75%
Chemical Plant Operator55,200 GBP+0%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer68,200 GBP+24%
Completions Engineer61,400 GBP+11%
Cost Controller46,800 GBP-15%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative67,800 GBP+23%
Dispatcher27,300 GBP-51%
Distribution Manager89,800 GBP+63%
Dragline Operator30,300 GBP-45%
Driller Offsider23,000 GBP-58%
Dump Truck Driver26,000 GBP-53%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager147,000 GBP+170%
Energy Advisor103,000 GBP+87%
Energy Analyst90,800 GBP+65%
Energy Auditor82,300 GBP+49%
Energy Dispatch Director114,000 GBP+110%
Energy Technical Assistant39,200 GBP-29%
Energy Technical Manager80,500 GBP+46%
Energy Technical Trainer58,300 GBP+6%
Exploration Manager119,000 GBP+120%
Field Safety Auditor73,100 GBP+32%
Fluids Engineer62,500 GBP+13%
Fuel Cell Engineer70,900 GBP+28%
Fuel Cell Technician34,800 GBP-37%
Fuels Handler29,400 GBP-47%
Gas Compressor Operator29,300 GBP-47%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator55,800 GBP+1%
Gas Supply Manager98,600 GBP+79%
Geologist120,000 GBP+120%
Geophysicist123,000 GBP+120%
Geothermal Production Manager110,000 GBP+99%
Geothermal Technician46,300 GBP-16%
HSE Engineer66,500 GBP+20%
HSE Officer41,600 GBP-25%
HSEQ Administrator48,000 GBP-13%
Inspector62,200 GBP+13%
Instructor55,000 GBP-0%
Instrument Designer51,500 GBP-7%
Lead Technical Field Advisor85,200 GBP+54%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator57,400 GBP+4%
Maintenance Engineer67,400 GBP+22%
Maintenance Superintendent61,700 GBP+12%
Material Controller44,400 GBP-20%
Mine Engineer66,300 GBP+20%
Mine Surveyor70,400 GBP+28%
Mining Project Administrator60,300 GBP+9%
Mining Project Assistant47,300 GBP-14%
Mining Project Controls Consultant76,800 GBP+39%
Mining Project Coordinator59,100 GBP+7%
Mining Project Engineer65,600 GBP+19%
Mining Project Manager85,400 GBP+55%
Mining Site Manager91,200 GBP+65%
Mining Team Leader71,200 GBP+29%
NDT Technician39,400 GBP-29%
Oil Service Unit Operator34,600 GBP-37%
Oil Trader83,600 GBP+51%
Oilwell Pumper24,000 GBP-57%
Petroleum Engineer 75,600 GBP+37%
Petroleum Geologist118,000 GBP+110%
Petroleum Pump System Operator36,800 GBP-33%
Pipeline Technician25,900 GBP-53%
Power Coordinator39,800 GBP-28%
Power Plant Operations Manager123,000 GBP+120%
Power Plant Operator55,200 GBP+0%
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Reservoir Engineer58,400 GBP+6%
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Roughneck68,200 GBP+24%
Scaffolder42,400 GBP-23%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen58,100 GBP
Abingdon47,900 GBP
Armagh56,500 GBP
Bangor49,500 GBP
Belfast59,800 GBP
Birmingham61,000 GBP
Bradford57,800 GBP
Brighton56,200 GBP
Bristol59,800 GBP
Cambridge51,300 GBP
Canterbury48,100 GBP
Cardiff61,200 GBP
Chester49,600 GBP
Coventry57,400 GBP
Derby55,800 GBP
Derry53,600 GBP
Dundee56,400 GBP
Durham48,900 GBP
Edinburgh62,500 GBP
Exeter51,500 GBP
Glasgow64,100 GBP
Gloucester50,900 GBP
Hartlepool49,800 GBP
Inverness51,200 GBP
Kingston upon Hull56,600 GBP
Kirkwall49,400 GBP
Leeds59,700 GBP
Leicester57,500 GBP
Lincoln51,700 GBP
Lisburn51,900 GBP
Liverpool58,900 GBP
London59,900 GBP
Manchester58,300 GBP
Newcastle55,600 GBP
Newport55,600 GBP
Newry53,500 GBP
Norwich50,900 GBP
Nottingham56,000 GBP
Oxford52,400 GBP
Peterborough52,800 GBP
Plymouth54,300 GBP
Poole51,200 GBP
Portsmouth53,200 GBP
Ripon45,900 GBP
Salisbury47,400 GBP
Sheffield57,600 GBP
Somerset59,000 GBP
Southampton53,500 GBP
St Davids48,300 GBP
Stirling53,300 GBP
Stromness48,800 GBP
Strontian48,200 GBP
Swansea57,700 GBP
Truro46,200 GBP
Wakefield48,200 GBP
Wells49,800 GBP
Winchester52,100 GBP
Wolverhampton59,400 GBP
York57,600 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England105,000 GBP
Northern Ireland50,100 GBP
Scotland77,100 GBP
Wales52,400 GBP

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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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