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Power Plant Operator Average Salary in Canada 2020

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

Average Yearly Salary
91,100 CAD
( 7,590 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Power Plant Operator in Canada typically earns around 91,100 CAD per year. Salaries range from 43,700 CAD (lowest) to 143,000 CAD (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 Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Power Plant Operator salaries in Canada range from 43,700 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 143,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 94,700 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 94,700 CAD while the other half are earning more than 94,700 CAD. 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 62,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 62,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 124,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 124,000 CAD.

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 Canada 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 51,200 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 72,500 CAD per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 95,300 CAD per year, 31% 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 117,000 CAD per year, 23% 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 125,000 CAD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 137,000 CAD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Power Plant Operator average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
51,200 CAD
2 - 5 Years+42%
72,500 CAD
5 - 10 Years+31%
95,300 CAD
10 - 15 Years+23%
117,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+6%
125,000 CAD
20+ Years+10%
137,000 CAD
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 Canada 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 63,600 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 93,400 CAD per year, 47% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 125,000 CAD per year, 34% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Power Plant Operator average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
63,600 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+47%
93,400 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+34%
125,000 CAD
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 Canada 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 Canada earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

93,200 CAD
89,200 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Power Plant Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

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Power Plant Operator(s) in Canada 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 Canada 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.

Canada / 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 Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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

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

41% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% 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 Canada

44 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 44 CAD. This means that the average Power Plant Operator in Canada earns approximately 44 CAD 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 Canada
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The average salary for Power Plant Operator is 15% 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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Biomass Power Plant Manager160,000 CAD+76%
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Completions Engineer100,000 CAD+10%
Cost Controller76,400 CAD-16%
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Dispatcher47,000 CAD-48%
Distribution Manager159,000 CAD+75%
Dragline Operator51,500 CAD-43%
Driller Offsider40,400 CAD-56%
Dump Truck Driver45,000 CAD-51%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager257,000 CAD+180%
Energy Advisor174,000 CAD+91%
Energy Analyst154,000 CAD+69%
Energy Auditor141,000 CAD+55%
Energy Dispatch Director182,000 CAD+100%
Energy Technical Assistant67,300 CAD-26%
Energy Technical Manager131,000 CAD+44%
Energy Technical Trainer93,300 CAD+2%
Exploration Manager192,000 CAD+110%
Field Safety Auditor123,000 CAD+35%
Fluids Engineer111,000 CAD+22%
Fuel Cell Engineer118,000 CAD+30%
Fuel Cell Technician58,500 CAD-36%
Fuels Handler53,000 CAD-42%
Gas Compressor Operator47,400 CAD-48%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator91,300 CAD+0%
Gas Supply Manager163,000 CAD+79%
Geologist200,000 CAD+120%
Geophysicist197,000 CAD+120%
Geothermal Production Manager183,000 CAD+100%
Geothermal Technician78,000 CAD-14%
HSE Engineer112,000 CAD+23%
HSE Officer70,600 CAD-22%
HSEQ Administrator75,300 CAD-17%
Inspector104,000 CAD+14%
Instructor88,000 CAD-3%
Instrument Designer88,500 CAD-3%
Lead Technical Field Advisor145,000 CAD+59%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator99,400 CAD+9%
Maintenance Engineer113,000 CAD+24%
Maintenance Superintendent98,800 CAD+8%
Material Controller76,900 CAD-16%
Mine Engineer112,000 CAD+23%
Mine Surveyor120,000 CAD+32%
Mining Project Administrator93,700 CAD+3%
Mining Project Assistant75,700 CAD-17%
Mining Project Controls Consultant124,000 CAD+36%
Mining Project Coordinator101,000 CAD+11%
Mining Project Engineer106,000 CAD+16%
Mining Project Manager142,000 CAD+56%
Mining Site Manager150,000 CAD+65%
Mining Team Leader116,000 CAD+27%
NDT Technician64,400 CAD-29%
Oil Service Unit Operator57,100 CAD-37%
Oil Trader141,000 CAD+55%
Oilwell Pumper40,800 CAD-55%
Petroleum Engineer 130,000 CAD+43%
Petroleum Geologist203,000 CAD+120%
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Power Coordinator66,300 CAD-27%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton88,900 CAD
Calgary98,800 CAD
Edmonton97,800 CAD
Gatineau81,800 CAD
Halifax85,900 CAD
Hamilton89,900 CAD
Kitchener86,700 CAD
Markham86,100 CAD
Mississauga92,700 CAD
Montreal96,100 CAD
Ottawa93,600 CAD
Quebec89,900 CAD
Regina79,400 CAD
Richmond82,100 CAD
Saskatoon80,300 CAD
Surrey90,400 CAD
Toronto98,200 CAD
Vancouver98,800 CAD
Vaughan84,200 CAD
Windsor83,200 CAD
Winnipeg92,900 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta98,800 CAD
British Columbia101,000 CAD
Manitoba95,300 CAD
New Brunswick87,300 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador85,400 CAD
Northwest Territories94,600 CAD
Nova Scotia88,900 CAD
Nunavut98,100 CAD
Ontario105,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island81,300 CAD
Quebec103,000 CAD
Saskatchewan90,300 CAD
Yukon82,900 CAD

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

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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