How much does a Power Plant Operator III make in the United States? The average Power Plant Operator III salary in the United States is $92,404 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $83,697 and $102,116. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Power Plant Operator III Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Power Plant Operator III Salary $75,768 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Power Plant Operator III Salary $83,697 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Power Plant Operator III Salary $92,404 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Power Plant Operator III Salary $102,116 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Power Plant Operator III Salary $110,957 US January 26, 2024
25% $83,697 10% $75,768 90% $110,957 75% $102,116 $92,404 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to identify the symptoms. Determining the most likely cause is a process of elimination—eliminating potential causes of a problem. Finally, troubleshooting requires confirmation that the solution restores the product or process to its working state. In general, troubleshooting is the identification or diagnosis of "trouble" in the management flow of a system caused by a failure of some kind. The problem is initially described as symptoms of malfunction, and troubleshooting is the process of determining and remedying the causes of these symptoms. A system can be described in terms of its expected, desired or intended behavior (usually, for artificial systems, its purpose). Events or inputs to the system are expected to generate specific results or outputs. (For example, selecting the "print" option from various computer applications is intended to result in a hardcopy emerging from some specific device). Any unexpected or undesirable behavior is a symptom. Troubleshooting is the process of isolating the specific cause or causes of the symptom. Frequently the symptom is a failure of the product or process to produce any results. (Nothing was printed, for example). Corrective action can then be taken to prevent further failures of a similar kind.

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Power Generation: The process of generating electric power from sources of primary energy. For utilities in the electric power industry, it is the stage prior to its delivery (transmission, distribution, etc.) to end users or its storage (the pumped-storage method).

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Certification Programs: A certificate program is a specialized education designed to develop or strengthen specific career skills. Considered as continuing education in some cases because it builds on your knowledge of a particular career or industry.

Troubleshooting 1.78%
Power Generation 0.49%
Certification Programs 0.32%
Others 97.41%

Job Description for Power Plant Operator III

Power Plant Operator III monitors and maintains plant equipment to ensure that power plant power delivery operations function within specification. Controls and repairs power generating facilities and systems to produce bioenergy, hydro, nuclear, solar, thermal or wind power, etc. May require an associate degree. Being a Power Plant Operator III typically reports to a supervisor. The Power Plant Operator III works independently within established procedures associated with the specific job function. Has gained proficiency in multiple competencies relevant to the job. To be a Power Plant Operator III typically requires 3-5 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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For Power Plant Operator III, the upper level is Power Plant Operator IV and then progresses to Power Plant Operations Shift Supervisor I.

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Power Plant Operator III salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Power Plant Operator III, the highest Power Plant Operator III salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Power Plant Operator III salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Power Plant Operator III salary is in Miami, FL, where the Power Plant Operator III salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-2.9%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-0.7%

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