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Utilities Switchboard Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$78,820 (USD)

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Last updated: May 21, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Utilities Switchboard Operator is $78,820 a year and $38 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for an Utilities Switchboard Operator is between $56,290 and $97,345. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Controls central switchboard in electric generating plant to distribute power output among generators according to generator capacity and power demands, and to regulate flow and distribution of power from generators to transmission power lines: determines number of generators required to meet power demands according to load estimates received from load dispatcher.
  • Notifies turbine operator to start additional generators when switchboard gauges indicate power demands are approaching capacity of operating generators.
  • Observes synchroscope, voltmeters, and frequency indicators, and operates switchboard controls to synchronize speed of incoming generator with operating units, and to adjust generator output voltage and frequency to match output of operating generators.
  • Closes switch to connect incoming generator to bus bar at instant when synchroscope indicates generator is in phase with outgoing power lines.
  • Operates switchboard controls to disconnect generators from bus bar as power demand decreases or when equipment malfunctions.
  • Constantly observes switchboard meters and gauges to verify operating status of equipment.
  • Compiles records of switching and generating operations.
  • May operate switches to control distribution of power over feeder circuits between generating station and substations feeder-switchboard operator.
  • May control automatic steam-generating boiler from switchboard during normal operations and direct other workers who shut down and repair equipment boiler operator.
  • May start, shut down, and monitor o.
Utilities Switchboard Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Power Distributors and Dispatchers

Job family population: 12,110

Estimated population of Utilities Switchboard Operator jobs: 1,365

Rate of error: 3.1%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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