Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-8013 Power Plant Operators

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
39,930 2.9 % $29.94 $62,270 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.53 $24.63 $30.33 $35.26 $40.74
Annual Wage (2) $40,620 $51,220 $63,080 $73,340 $84,730


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 29,480 7.45 $30.52 $63,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,840 0.09 $27.93 $58,090
State Government (OES Designation) 910 0.04 $27.36 $56,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 850 0.03 $23.89 $49,690
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.72 $33.96 $70,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 29,480 7.45 $30.52 $63,480
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.72 $33.96 $70,630
Waste Treatment and Disposal 400 0.42 $27.91 $58,050
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 170 0.37 $28.28 $58,810
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 230 0.20 $25.55 $53,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $36.47 $75,860
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.72 $33.96 $70,630
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 620 0.03 $33.61 $69,900
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $32.77 $68,160
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 29,480 7.45 $30.52 $63,480


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,290 0.24 0.75 $35.42 $73,670
Texas 2,550 0.25 0.80 $30.33 $63,100
Pennsylvania 2,450 0.45 1.42 $28.78 $59,850
Illinois 2,190 0.40 1.26 $33.58 $69,850
New York 1,840 0.22 0.70 $32.63 $67,880




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 520 1.69 5.39 $22.94 $47,710
Wyoming 370 1.38 4.40 $29.34 $61,030
North Dakota 380 1.06 3.38 $31.69 $65,920
Alabama 1,150 0.64 2.03 $28.00 $58,250
West Virginia 430 0.63 1.99 $29.91 $62,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 590 0.22 0.69 $37.21 $77,400
California 3,290 0.24 0.75 $35.42 $73,670
Illinois 2,190 0.40 1.26 $33.58 $69,850
Delaware 120 0.30 0.96 $32.84 $68,310
Hawaii 280 0.50 1.59 $32.79 $68,200

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.26 0.82 $35.33 $73,480
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 970 0.39 1.23 $31.11 $64,710
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 710 0.39 1.25 $29.00 $60,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 700 0.20 0.63 $35.88 $74,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 690 0.41 1.32 $35.37 $73,570
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 650 0.68 2.15 $29.91 $62,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 590 0.27 0.86 $28.01 $58,270
St. Louis, MO-IL 460 0.37 1.16 $31.38 $65,270
Kansas City, MO-KS 420 0.45 1.42 $26.77 $55,690
Pittsburgh, PA 420 0.39 1.24 $28.84 $59,990




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Evansville, IN-KY 420 2.51 7.99 $28.99 $60,300
El Centro, CA 120 2.40 7.65 $24.45 $50,860
Ames, IA 70 1.73 5.50 $25.83 $53,720
Anderson, SC 80 1.48 4.72 $29.37 $61,090
Merced, CA 80 1.36 4.31 $37.46 $77,920
Redding, CA 70 1.16 3.71 $36.03 $74,940
Owensboro, KY 50 1.14 3.62 (8) (8)
Chico, CA 70 1.09 3.48 $38.96 $81,050
Bismarck, ND 60 0.98 3.12 $27.02 $56,200
Barnstable Town, MA 80 0.90 2.87 $31.39 $65,290




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 250 0.21 0.65 $39.63 $82,440
Chico, CA 70 1.09 3.48 $38.96 $81,050
Bakersfield, CA 180 0.73 2.32 $38.65 $80,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.13 0.42 $38.62 $80,340
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 170 0.21 0.66 $37.85 $78,730
Merced, CA 80 1.36 4.31 $37.46 $77,920
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.08 $36.30 $75,510
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.18 0.56 $36.13 $75,140
Redding, CA 70 1.16 3.71 $36.03 $74,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.17 0.54 $36.02 $74,920

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 360 5.17 16.46 $21.13 $43,960
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 320 0.85 2.70 $18.96 $39,440
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 5.67 18.03 $32.95 $68,530
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 290 1.57 5.00 $31.20 $64,900
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 270 1.00 3.17 $30.59 $63,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 5.67 18.03 $32.95 $68,530
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 360 5.17 16.46 $21.13 $43,960
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 170 3.62 11.54 $31.54 $65,600
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 80 1.67 5.32 $32.15 $66,860
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 1.59 5.05 $25.45 $52,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.11 $38.00 $79,030
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.14 3.62 $37.48 $77,960
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 1.17 $36.33 $75,570
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.32 4.21 $36.04 $74,960
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.01 3.20 $34.77 $72,310


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011