Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
39,810 3.1 % $32.32 $67,230 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.44 $26.57 $32.74 $38.35 $44.16
Annual Wage (2) $42,520 $55,270 $68,100 $79,760 $91,850


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 28,670 7.40 $32.64 $67,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,110 0.09 $31.65 $65,820
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 990 0.03 $22.66 $47,140
Natural Gas Distribution 690 0.64 $46.20 $96,100
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 610 0.01 $29.33 $61,000

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 28,670 7.40 $32.64 $67,890
Natural Gas Distribution 690 0.64 $46.20 $96,100
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 420 0.40 $30.60 $63,650
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 180 0.38 $36.27 $75,430
Waste Treatment and Disposal 340 0.36 $32.62 $67,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 690 0.64 $46.20 $96,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 580 0.03 $38.00 $79,040
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 180 0.38 $36.27 $75,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 28,670 7.40 $32.64 $67,890
Waste Treatment and Disposal 340 0.36 $32.62 $67,850


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 4,330 0.29 0.98 $38.49 $80,070
Texas 3,350 0.31 1.02 $30.57 $63,580
Illinois 2,080 0.36 1.21 $34.46 $71,680
Pennsylvania 2,070 0.37 1.22 $30.44 $63,320
North Carolina 1,930 0.49 1.63 $32.74 $68,100




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 630 1.94 6.47 $28.57 $59,430
Wyoming 400 1.43 4.77 $35.39 $73,600
North Dakota 300 0.70 2.33 $36.03 $74,940
Alabama 1,150 0.62 2.08 $29.19 $60,720
Maine 340 0.59 1.97 $37.10 $77,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,330 0.29 0.98 $38.49 $80,070
Montana 160 0.35 1.18 $37.99 $79,030
Hawaii 240 0.40 1.33 $37.88 $78,800
Maine 340 0.59 1.97 $37.10 $77,180
Washington 390 0.14 0.46 $37.03 $77,020





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 1,300 0.33 1.09 $40.33 $83,880
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.20 0.65 $34.85 $72,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 650 0.23 0.78 $32.90 $68,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 580 0.25 0.84 $29.77 $61,930
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 500 0.41 1.38 $32.88 $68,390
St. Louis, MO-IL 440 0.34 1.13 $34.36 $71,460
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 400 0.40 1.33 $30.68 $63,800
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 370 0.32 1.07 $31.81 $66,170
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 360 0.20 0.66 $31.22 $64,930
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 350 0.43 1.44 $34.57 $71,900




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)
Fairbanks, AK 80 2.35 7.83 $35.70 $74,250
Jefferson City, MO 120 1.72 5.74 $35.12 $73,040
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 50 1.37 4.56 $42.24 $87,850
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 90 1.26 4.19 (8) (8)
Duluth, MN-WI 150 1.25 4.17 $31.67 $65,860
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 330 1.13 3.78 $36.77 $76,470
Anchorage, AK 190 1.07 3.56 $31.73 $66,000
Evansville, IN-KY 170 0.99 3.29 $32.77 $68,150
Montgomery, AL 130 0.82 2.74 $28.81 $59,920
Redding, CA 40 0.78 2.60 $47.00 $97,750




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)
Redding, CA 40 0.78 2.60 $47.00 $97,750
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 210 0.25 0.84 $44.45 $92,460
Fresno, CA 90 0.29 0.96 $43.92 $91,360
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 50 1.37 4.56 $42.24 $87,850
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 0.71 $41.41 $86,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.33 1.09 $40.33 $83,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.14 0.48 $40.13 $83,460
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.13 $39.55 $82,270
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.12 $81,370
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 150 0.16 0.55 $38.44 $79,960

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)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 450 2.71 9.03 $30.44 $63,320
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 390 1.38 4.60 $30.31 $63,040
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.19 3.97 $30.12 $62,640
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 2.34 7.80 $38.21 $79,480
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 320 0.82 2.73 $25.81 $53,690

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 3.89 12.94 $25.09 $52,190
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 3.77 12.57 $36.81 $76,560
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 450 2.71 9.03 $30.44 $63,320
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 2.34 7.80 $38.21 $79,480
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 130 2.11 7.03 $32.54 $67,690

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 1.76 5.88 $38.22 $79,500
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 2.34 7.80 $38.21 $79,480
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.83 $78,680
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 2.38 $37.75 $78,510
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 3.77 12.57 $36.81 $76,560


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014