Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-8091 Chemical Plant and System Operators

Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.


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)
37,490 4.2 % $27.01 $56,170 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.53 $21.00 $26.88 $33.04 $37.68
Annual Wage (2) $34,380 $43,680 $55,900 $68,720 $78,380


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,900 10.29 $28.03 $58,310
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,090 7.68 $28.29 $58,850
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 4,390 12.25 $24.87 $51,730
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,850 1.41 $23.88 $49,670
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 2,170 2.62 $26.69 $55,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 4,390 12.25 $24.87 $51,730
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,900 10.29 $28.03 $58,310
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,090 7.68 $28.29 $58,850
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 2,170 2.62 $26.69 $55,520
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,850 1.68 $29.81 $62,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 60 0.01 $32.13 $66,830
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,850 1.68 $29.81 $62,000
Scientific Research and Development Services 160 0.03 $29.09 $60,510
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,090 7.68 $28.29 $58,850
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,900 10.29 $28.03 $58,310


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)
Texas 5,930 0.53 1.90 $31.46 $65,430
Louisiana 4,710 2.46 8.87 $32.19 $66,950
Ohio 2,660 0.51 1.85 $21.39 $44,500
Illinois 1,930 0.33 1.21 $26.56 $55,250
South Carolina 1,550 0.83 2.99 $21.08 $43,840



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)
Louisiana 4,710 2.46 8.87 $32.19 $66,950
Wyoming 280 1.00 3.61 $29.05 $60,420
South Carolina 1,550 0.83 2.99 $21.08 $43,840
Mississippi 840 0.76 2.75 $24.79 $51,570
West Virginia 490 0.70 2.51 $27.77 $57,770



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $33.25 $69,150
Louisiana 4,710 2.46 8.87 $32.19 $66,950
Delaware 160 0.38 1.39 $31.48 $65,470
Texas 5,930 0.53 1.90 $31.46 $65,430
Kentucky 420 0.23 0.84 $30.92 $64,310




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,580 1.26 4.54 $31.01 $64,510
Baton Rouge, LA 2,300 6.02 21.68 $32.99 $68,610
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,010 6.44 23.21 $32.55 $67,700
Lake Charles, LA 880 9.82 35.38 $33.53 $69,750
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 830 1.54 5.56 $33.65 $69,990
Victoria, TX 630 12.05 43.43 $32.65 $67,910
Pittsburgh, PA 590 0.52 1.87 $26.75 $55,640
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 490 0.13 0.47 $26.73 $55,590
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 460 0.45 1.63 $22.49 $46,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 450 0.19 0.67 $26.76 $55,670



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)
Victoria, TX 630 12.05 43.43 $32.65 $67,910
Lake Charles, LA 880 9.82 35.38 $33.53 $69,750
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,010 6.44 23.21 $32.55 $67,700
Baton Rouge, LA 2,300 6.02 21.68 $32.99 $68,610
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 350 3.44 12.41 $28.59 $59,460
Spartanburg, SC 250 1.97 7.09 $19.10 $39,730
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 830 1.54 5.56 $33.65 $69,990
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 300 1.49 5.36 $28.55 $59,390
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 220 1.29 4.66 $23.06 $47,960
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,580 1.26 4.54 $31.01 $64,510



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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 830 1.54 5.56 $33.65 $69,990
Lake Charles, LA 880 9.82 35.38 $33.53 $69,750
Baton Rouge, LA 2,300 6.02 21.68 $32.99 $68,610
Victoria, TX 630 12.05 43.43 $32.65 $67,910
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,010 6.44 23.21 $32.55 $67,700
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.14 $32.02 $66,600
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.47 1.68 $31.50 $65,510
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,580 1.26 4.54 $31.01 $64,510
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 70 0.24 0.85 $30.42 $63,280
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 290 0.67 2.41 $28.93 $60,170

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 720 2.45 8.84 $25.86 $53,780
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 2.09 7.54 $19.04 $39,600
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 280 0.73 2.61 $22.73 $47,270
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 2.07 7.48 $29.44 $61,240
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 2.15 7.74 $17.53 $36,460

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 720 2.45 8.84 $25.86 $53,780
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 2.15 7.74 $17.53 $36,460
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 2.09 7.54 $19.04 $39,600
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 2.07 7.48 $29.44 $61,240
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.17 4.22 $23.63 $49,160

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.39 $65,290
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 2.07 7.48 $29.44 $61,240
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.27 $56,710
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 1.66 $26.95 $56,050
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 2.20 $26.74 $55,610


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015