Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
38,890 5.8 % $26.29 $54,690 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.79 $20.33 $26.31 $32.59 $36.95
Annual Wage (2) $32,840 $42,290 $54,730 $67,790 $76,850


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,600 10.17 $26.91 $55,980
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,800 8.57 $26.80 $55,740
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 4,840 13.29 $25.11 $52,230
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,710 1.70 $25.38 $52,790
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 2,030 2.46 $26.18 $54,450

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 4,840 13.29 $25.11 $52,230
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,600 10.17 $26.91 $55,980
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,800 8.57 $26.80 $55,740
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 2,030 2.46 $26.18 $54,450
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,710 1.70 $25.38 $52,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.03 $33.16 $68,970
Plastics Product Manufacturing 60 0.01 $32.25 $67,070
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,850 1.66 $28.14 $58,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 210 0.03 $27.77 $57,760
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 700 0.66 $27.37 $56,920


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 6,210 0.57 1.94 $31.93 $66,420
Louisiana 4,760 2.53 8.62 $30.12 $62,640
South Carolina 2,230 1.22 4.16 $20.76 $43,190
Ohio 1,940 0.38 1.29 $21.08 $43,850
North Carolina 1,620 0.41 1.40 $24.47 $50,890




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 4,760 2.53 8.62 $30.12 $62,640
South Carolina 2,230 1.22 4.16 $20.76 $43,190
Wyoming 270 0.98 3.33 $29.95 $62,310
West Virginia 630 0.88 3.01 $26.77 $55,690
Texas 6,210 0.57 1.94 $31.93 $66,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,210 0.57 1.94 $31.93 $66,420
Louisiana 4,760 2.53 8.62 $30.12 $62,640
Delaware 130 0.31 1.05 $29.98 $62,370
Wyoming 270 0.98 3.33 $29.95 $62,310
Kentucky 660 0.37 1.26 $29.26 $60,860





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 3,720 1.35 4.60 $32.04 $66,640
Baton Rouge, LA 2,690 7.34 25.03 $33.19 $69,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 930 0.25 0.86 $25.04 $52,080
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 890 5.73 19.55 $31.25 $65,000
Lake Charles, LA 840 9.45 32.23 $21.83 $45,410
Pittsburgh, PA 650 0.58 1.97 $23.18 $48,220
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 550 0.30 1.02 $22.81 $47,440
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 480 0.48 1.63 $20.50 $42,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.12 0.40 $24.03 $49,980
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 350 1.17 3.98 $21.90 $45,550




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)
Lake Charles, LA 840 9.45 32.23 $21.83 $45,410
Baton Rouge, LA 2,690 7.34 25.03 $33.19 $69,020
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 890 5.73 19.55 $31.25 $65,000
Spartanburg, SC 350 2.85 9.70 $19.79 $41,160
Decatur, AL 120 2.34 7.96 $25.65 $53,340
Wilmington, NC 280 2.00 6.82 $24.76 $51,510
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 320 1.58 5.39 $28.46 $59,200
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,720 1.35 4.60 $32.04 $66,640
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 220 1.29 4.39 $22.42 $46,640
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 350 1.17 3.98 $21.90 $45,550




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 2,690 7.34 25.03 $33.19 $69,020
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (8) (8) (8) $32.67 $67,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,720 1.35 4.60 $32.04 $66,640
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 180 0.42 1.44 $31.66 $65,850
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 890 5.73 19.55 $31.25 $65,000
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.28 $62,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.95 $62,310
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.43 1.46 $28.91 $60,120
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 320 1.58 5.39 $28.46 $59,200
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $28.37 $59,010

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 490 1.69 5.75 $23.11 $48,080
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 3.39 11.55 $17.57 $36,540
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 290 2.30 7.83 $29.24 $60,810
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 260 2.17 7.41 $30.80 $64,060
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.63 2.13 $23.63 $49,140

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 3.39 11.55 $17.57 $36,540
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 290 2.30 7.83 $29.24 $60,810
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 2.20 7.51 $19.73 $41,040
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 260 2.17 7.41 $30.80 $64,060
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 490 1.69 5.75 $23.11 $48,080

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)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 260 2.17 7.41 $30.80 $64,060
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.25 $62,930
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 290 2.30 7.83 $29.24 $60,810
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.39 1.33 $27.81 $57,830
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.23 0.78 $26.86 $55,860


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