Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

51-8013 Power Plant Operators

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Include auxiliary equipment operators. Exclude "Nuclear Power Reactor Operators" (51-8011).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
36,860 2.8 % $28.97 $60,270 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.00 $23.74 $29.04 $34.39 $39.79
Annual Wage (2) $39,520 $49,380 $60,400 $71,520 $82,770


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 26,900 $29.68 $61,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,830 $27.19 $56,550
State Government (OES Designation) 1,050 $24.15 $50,240
Natural Gas Distribution 810 $33.46 $69,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 790 $23.05 $47,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 $34.98 $72,750
Natural Gas Distribution 810 $33.46 $69,590
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 26,900 $29.68 $61,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,830 $27.19 $56,550
Grain and Oilseed Milling 40 $27.13 $56,440


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wyoming 360 $28.27 $58,810 1.281
North Dakota 430 $30.44 $63,320 1.225
Alaska 350 $21.96 $45,680 1.148
West Virginia 530 $29.43 $61,210 0.748
Iowa 880 $24.48 $50,910 0.599

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington 490 $38.88 $80,870 0.176
California 3,460 $34.64 $72,050 0.238
Illinois 1,600 $34.05 $70,830 0.280
Hawaii 320 $33.16 $68,960 0.537
Delaware 220 $32.62 $67,850 0.522


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Morgantown, WV 150 $28.41 $59,090 2.723
El Centro, CA 130 $24.36 $50,670 2.471
Evansville, IN-KY 410 $28.33 $58,920 2.429
Ames, IA 70 $25.71 $53,490 1.639
Bangor, ME 100 $27.96 $58,150 1.566

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 $42.48 $88,360 0.093
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 60 $42.46 $88,320 0.586
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 320 $39.39 $81,930 0.252
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 170 $36.80 $76,540 0.193
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) $36.42 $75,750 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010