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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
33,620 2.7 % $38.16 $79,370 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.10 $30.34 $39.42 $46.61 $52.10
Annual Wage (2) $45,970 $63,110 $81,990 $96,940 $108,380


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)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 22,000 5.72 $39.15 $81,430
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,290 0.08 $36.56 $76,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,110 0.04 $30.32 $63,070
Natural Gas Distribution 870 0.79 $47.07 $97,910
Waste Treatment and Disposal 740 0.74 $35.49 $73,810

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 22,000 5.72 $39.15 $81,430
Natural Gas Distribution 870 0.79 $47.07 $97,910
Waste Treatment and Disposal 740 0.74 $35.49 $73,810
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 250 0.46 $34.30 $71,340
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 210 0.23 $32.24 $67,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 870 0.79 $47.07 $97,910
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 670 0.03 $44.46 $92,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 22,000 5.72 $39.15 $81,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 430 0.02 $38.63 $80,350
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,290 0.08 $36.56 $76,050


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 3,820 0.22 0.96 $45.62 $94,880
Texas 2,930 0.24 1.03 $36.51 $75,930
New York 1,930 0.20 0.89 $41.53 $86,380
Michigan 1,770 0.41 1.78 $40.76 $84,770
Pennsylvania 1,590 0.27 1.17 $35.93 $74,740




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 460 1.44 6.30 $33.30 $69,270
Wyoming 260 0.94 4.13 $39.11 $81,350
North Dakota 340 0.81 3.54 $41.77 $86,870
Hawaii 350 0.55 2.41 $42.58 $88,570
Maine 330 0.53 2.32 $32.40 $67,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota (8) (8) (8) $45.78 $95,220
California 3,820 0.22 0.96 $45.62 $94,880
Washington 510 0.15 0.68 $44.90 $93,390
Hawaii 350 0.55 2.41 $42.58 $88,570
New Jersey 400 0.10 0.42 $41.95 $87,260





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-Anaheim, CA 1,890 0.30 1.32 $44.57 $92,700
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,410 0.15 0.64 $43.39 $90,240
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 810 0.41 1.79 $42.11 $87,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.28 1.24 $42.75 $88,930
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 510 0.11 0.48 $36.40 $75,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 480 0.17 0.73 $39.72 $82,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 480 0.17 0.76 $34.61 $71,980
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 370 0.10 0.45 $34.43 $71,620
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.31 1.34 $38.40 $79,880
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 350 0.13 0.55 $38.07 $79,190




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)
Manhattan, KS 130 3.33 14.55 $35.06 $72,930
El Centro, CA 120 2.09 9.11 $28.48 $59,240
Bismarck, ND 110 1.49 6.51 $37.93 $78,890
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 150 1.33 5.82 $37.05 $77,060
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 130 1.00 4.37 $34.89 $72,570
Anchorage, AK 170 0.99 4.33 $40.68 $84,620
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 130 0.83 3.61 $38.88 $80,870
Madera, CA 40 0.81 3.56 (8) (8)
Springfield, MA-CT 260 0.78 3.41 $37.09 $77,140
Greeley, CO 80 0.72 3.16 $44.54 $92,630




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.16 $54.07 $112,470
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 340 0.14 0.61 $50.72 $105,500
Modesto, CA 50 0.29 1.28 $49.29 $102,510
Redding, CA (8) (8) (8) $49.16 $102,250
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $47.33 $98,440
Bakersfield, CA 120 0.38 1.68 $47.00 $97,770
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 210 0.21 0.91 $46.70 $97,130
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.27 1.17 $46.41 $96,520
Syracuse, NY 110 0.36 1.57 $46.00 $95,670
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 110 0.20 0.87 $45.03 $93,660

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.05 4.61 $26.84 $55,830
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 330 1.77 7.74 $31.46 $65,450
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.93 8.41 $36.60 $76,130
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 280 2.62 11.47 $28.82 $59,950
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.80 7.87 $44.33 $92,210

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)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 180 2.68 11.72 $35.52 $73,890
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 280 2.62 11.47 $28.82 $59,950
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 110 2.34 10.21 $36.35 $75,600
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.93 8.41 $36.60 $76,130
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 1.92 8.40 (8) (8)

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $48.38 $100,620
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.72 3.13 $45.52 $94,670
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.80 7.87 $44.33 $92,210
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.57 2.51 $44.13 $91,790
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 0.95 4.16 $42.67 $88,760


About May 2019 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 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020