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Refinery Operator Salary

$75,945 (USD)

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Last updated: May 22, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Refinery Operator is $75,945 a year and $37 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Refinery Operator is between $54,082 and $93,872. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Refinery 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

  • 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.
Refinery 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 Refinery Operator jobs: 6,363

Rate of error: 4.0%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Refinery Operator Job Listings for United States

Chemical Technician/Production Operator
Mar 26
Newport, DE, USA
HirePower Personnel, Inc
Minimum contract duration: 1 Year Looking for an experienced process operator operating and ... Information Technology, Refining & Marketing, Exploration & Production, Healthcare, Manufacturing ...
Ditch Witch Operator
May 8
Barstow, CA, USA
We are seeking a Ditch Witch Operator to join our team! You will help oversee operational activities and ensure excellent quality control. Responsibilities: * Oversee and coordinate plant operations ...
Field Operator
May 8
Shoreline, WA, USA
PeopleReady Skilled Trades Division
PeopleReady Skilled Trades is seeking a Terminal Operator for a petroleum terminal and refinery in the Greater Seattle Area! Job duties for Terminal Operator: Performs duties associated with product ...
Petroleum Terminal Operator
Apr 29
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Caljet of America LLC
The Jet Companies is a refined-fuel storage company in the Phoenix Metro area. With over 30 bulk ... As an Operator you will play a critical role in the handling and distribution of millions of ...
Heat Treat Operator
May 20
Tacoma, WA, USA
Employment Opportunities Heat Treat Operator - Tacoma WA May 20, 2019 Bradken's Tacoma Foundry, is ... Through its Social Innovation Business, Hitachi aims to refine technologies and develop new ones to ...
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