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Petroleum Plant Operator Salary

$75,748 (USD)

Average Salary

$36/hr

Average Hourly

$1,682

Average Bonus

Last updated: July 16, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Petroleum Plant Operator is $75,748 a year and $36 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Petroleum Plant Operator is between $53,942 and $93,628. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Petroleum Plant Operator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

Description:
  • Assesses specifications and controls continuous operation of petroleum refining and processing units to produce products, such as gasoline, kerosene, and fuel and lubricating oils, by such methods as distillation, absorption, extraction, adsorption, thermal and catalytic cracking and reforming, polymerization, isomerization, coking, visbreaking, and alkylation.
  • Reads processing schedules, operating logs, test results of oil samples, and laboratory recommendations to determine changes in equipment controls required to produce specified quantity and quality of product.
  • Moves and positions controls, such as knobs, valves, switches, levers, and index arms, on control panels to control process variables, such as flows, temperatures, pressures, vacuum, time, catalyst, and chemicals, by automatic regulation and remote control of processing units, such as heaters, furnaces, compressors, exchangers, reactors, quenchers, stabilizers, fractionators, rechargers, absorbers, strippers, debutanizers, stills, and towers.
Petroleum Plant Operator Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Job family population: 38,700

Estimated population of Petroleum Plant Operator jobs: 6,363

Rate of error: 4.0%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
$87,813
5 Year Change:
16 %

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Petroleum Plant Operator Job Listings for United States

7/7 Plant Operator- Mentone Gas Plant
Jul 4
Orla, United States
Anadarko Petroleum
Job Summary This position is for a Gas Plant Operator located in Anadarko's Southern Region at the ... Equal Employment Opportunity Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is an equal opportunity employer ...
Outside Operator
Jun 9
Cleburne, United States
Delek US
Delek US Holdings, Inc. is a diversified downstream energy company with assets in petroleum ... Description & Responsibilites Load/Unload trucks, maintain plant process area, perform process ...
Utility Systems/Plants Manager
Jun 28
Kodiak, AK, USA
Choctaw Defense Services
Confined Space Competent Preferred · Two (2) or more years training/experience as a licensed plant operator gained at a chemical plant; petroleum refinery; water and/or wastewater plant; heating ...
Area Operations Manager
Jun 9
Big Spring, United States
Delek US
The refining assets consist of refineries operated in Tyler and Big Spring, Texas, El Dorado ... This role evaluates plant performance, implements recommendations for reliability improvements and ...
Electrical & Instrumentation Technician
Jun 9
Big Spring, United States
Delek US
The refining assets consist of refineries operated in Tyler and Big Spring, Texas, El Dorado ... Experience with plant electrical and mechanical systems, analytical troubleshooting, electro ...

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Petroleum Plant Operator is $75,748 a year and $36 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Petroleum Plant Operator is between $53,942 and $93,628. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Petroleum Plant Operator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Petroleum Plant Operator Job Listings for United States

7/7 Plant Operator- Mentone Gas Plant
Jul 4
Orla, United States
Anadarko Petroleum
Job Summary This position is for a Gas Plant Operator located in Anadarko's Southern Region at the ... Equal Employment Opportunity Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is an equal opportunity employer ...
Outside Operator
Jun 9
Cleburne, United States
Delek US
Delek US Holdings, Inc. is a diversified downstream energy company with assets in petroleum ... Description & Responsibilites Load/Unload trucks, maintain plant process area, perform process ...
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