Hydroelectric Production Managers


Hydroelectric Production Managers


Hydropower electricity is electricity generated from water power found in rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean tides. Hydroelectric production managers oversee and maintain hydroelectric power generation facilities. They supervise production and operation workers and make sure the power plant equipment is operating efficiently and in accordance with industry standards and safety regulations. The National Hydropower Association reports that about 140,000 people are employed in the hydropower industry.

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



College degree or apprenticeship, plus several years of on-the-jo



Business Management


Personality Traits



Hydroelectric production managers earned an average salary of $82,912 in 2020, according to Salary Expert. Earnings ranged from $58,791 to $102,652. The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide salary information for hydroelectric production managers. It does have data for industrial production managers, who earned median salaries of $103,380 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned $63,470 o...

Work Environment

Hydroelectric production managers work in the production areas of hydroelectric power plants and in offices. They wear protective equipment such as a helmet, goggles, safety shoes, etc., when they are in the production area. Most managers work full time, usually 40 hours per week, but there may be occasions when they put in extra hours, such as when emergency repairs are needed. Power plants op...


There will continue to be employment opportunities for hydroelectric production managers. Competition for jobs will be keen, however, as there is not frequent turnover in this position. Those with advanced degrees, three or four years of experience, and strong knowledge of hydropower production equipment and technologies will have the best job prospects. 

The U.S. Department of Labor pre...