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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-8099 Plant and System Operators, All Other

All plant and system operators not listed separately.


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)
12,360 3.6 % $27.48 $57,150 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.93 $20.64 $27.08 $33.18 $38.79
Annual Wage (2) $33,130 $42,920 $56,330 $69,010 $80,680


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,930 0.10 $30.50 $63,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,700 0.03 $29.24 $60,830
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,180 0.29 $23.55 $48,990
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,090 1.14 $28.90 $60,120
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 720 0.63 $25.48 $53,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,090 1.14 $28.90 $60,120
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 720 0.63 $25.48 $53,000
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 560 0.59 $28.92 $60,160
Metal Ore Mining 200 0.54 $29.77 $61,920
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.36 $28.77 $59,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $43.26 $89,980
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $34.63 $72,020
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 360 0.09 $33.60 $69,890
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.06 $32.56 $67,710
Oil and Gas Extraction 140 0.11 $31.49 $65,500


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 1,590 0.10 1.10 $33.66 $70,010
Louisiana 890 0.47 5.38 $24.91 $51,810
Texas 790 0.07 0.77 $23.72 $49,330
Florida 580 0.07 0.80 $24.71 $51,390
Iowa 470 0.31 3.52 $25.93 $53,930




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)
Wyoming 240 0.90 10.36 $27.49 $57,180
Montana 220 0.48 5.57 $29.20 $60,730
Louisiana 890 0.47 5.38 $24.91 $51,810
North Dakota 140 0.34 3.91 $24.96 $51,910
Iowa 470 0.31 3.52 $25.93 $53,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 80 0.25 2.85 $36.46 $75,850
Kentucky 170 0.09 1.03 $34.12 $70,960
California 1,590 0.10 1.10 $33.66 $70,010
Washington 260 0.08 0.94 $32.07 $66,710
Tennessee 440 0.15 1.73 $31.81 $66,170



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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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 570 0.40 4.59 $26.18 $54,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.08 0.98 $29.06 $60,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.14 1.64 $30.30 $63,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 290 0.20 2.30 $33.00 $68,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.12 1.38 $32.00 $66,570
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 200 0.20 2.27 $24.63 $51,230
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 190 0.15 1.74 $22.89 $47,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 190 0.07 0.75 $21.69 $45,120
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 190 0.09 1.09 $21.86 $45,470
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 1.66 $40.07 $83,340


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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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 80 1.01 11.63 $21.24 $44,170
Billings, MT 40 0.44 5.13 $26.26 $54,630
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 100 0.44 5.12 $27.05 $56,270
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 570 0.40 4.59 $26.18 $54,440
Bellingham, WA 30 0.39 4.46 $27.37 $56,930
Baton Rouge, LA 130 0.33 3.77 $22.78 $47,380
Knoxville, TN 110 0.30 3.47 $33.76 $70,220
Tucson, AZ 110 0.29 3.40 $22.26 $46,300
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 150 0.27 3.11 $24.76 $51,510
Fort Collins, CO 40 0.26 3.02 $25.05 $52,110


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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 30 0.03 0.37 $47.79 $99,400
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 1.66 $40.07 $83,340
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $39.47 $82,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 0.73 $39.02 $81,150
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.27 $38.82 $80,740
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.74 $80,590
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.05 0.54 $38.57 $80,230
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.85 $74,570
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 0.98 $34.77 $72,330
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $34.66 $72,090

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.03 11.93 $21.15 $43,990
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.05 12.15 $32.72 $68,060
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.88 10.14 $30.73 $63,920
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 1.61 18.60 $42.34 $88,060
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.96 11.03 $29.60 $61,560

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)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.60 29.99 $32.96 $68,550
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 1.61 18.60 $42.34 $88,060
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.51 17.38 $19.96 $41,510
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.05 12.15 $32.72 $68,060
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.03 11.93 $21.15 $43,990

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 1.61 18.60 $42.34 $88,060
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.51 5.85 $39.31 $81,760
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.92 $33.99 $70,700
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.60 29.99 $32.96 $68,550
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.05 12.15 $32.72 $68,060


About May 2017 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018