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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
28,190 4.5 % $29.60 $61,570 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.75 $22.33 $29.84 $36.84 $42.61
Annual Wage (2) $34,830 $46,450 $62,060 $76,630 $88,630


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)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 19,640 5.41 $29.99 $62,380
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,300 2.04 $31.62 $65,760
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,070 0.70 $24.98 $51,970
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,100 0.64 $28.71 $59,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 800 0.06 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 19,640 5.41 $29.99 $62,380
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,300 2.04 $31.62 $65,760
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,070 0.70 $24.98 $51,970
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,100 0.64 $28.71 $59,720
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 100 0.11 $29.88 $62,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,300 2.04 $31.62 $65,760
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 19,640 5.41 $29.99 $62,380
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 100 0.11 $29.88 $62,150
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,100 0.64 $28.71 $59,720
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 310 0.07 $28.34 $58,950


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 5,200 0.43 2.20 $33.18 $69,010
Louisiana 4,760 2.49 12.77 $32.76 $68,150
Ohio 1,490 0.28 1.42 $29.24 $60,820
California 1,290 0.08 0.39 $27.96 $58,160
South Carolina 1,180 0.57 2.95 $26.19 $54,470




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 2.49 12.77 $32.76 $68,150
Iowa 1,090 0.71 3.64 $28.97 $60,250
Wyoming 170 0.62 3.21 $35.07 $72,950
South Carolina 1,180 0.57 2.95 $26.19 $54,470
Texas 5,200 0.43 2.20 $33.18 $69,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 170 0.62 3.21 $35.07 $72,950
Texas 5,200 0.43 2.20 $33.18 $69,010
Alabama 800 0.41 2.12 $33.08 $68,800
Louisiana 4,760 2.49 12.77 $32.76 $68,150
Illinois 760 0.13 0.65 $32.07 $66,700





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,420 1.15 5.89 $33.24 $69,150
Baton Rouge, LA 1,830 4.62 23.72 $32.43 $67,450
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,440 2.60 13.34 $33.13 $68,910
Lake Charles, LA 1,170 10.12 51.98 $33.73 $70,160
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 780 0.17 0.86 $30.71 $63,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 660 0.34 1.73 $24.52 $51,010
Mobile, AL 600 3.45 17.69 (8) (8)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 510 0.47 2.43 $30.71 $63,880
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 480 0.05 0.26 $29.68 $61,720
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 370 2.34 12.01 $34.65 $72,070




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 1,170 10.12 51.98 $33.73 $70,160
Baton Rouge, LA 1,830 4.62 23.72 $32.43 $67,450
Mobile, AL 600 3.45 17.69 (8) (8)
Lima, OH 130 2.63 13.52 $37.61 $78,220
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,440 2.60 13.34 $33.13 $68,910
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 370 2.34 12.01 $34.65 $72,070
Spartanburg, SC 210 1.38 7.08 $21.57 $44,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,420 1.15 5.89 $33.24 $69,150
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 180 0.84 4.29 $27.80 $57,830
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 360 0.79 4.05 $26.70 $55,540




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)
Lima, OH 130 2.63 13.52 $37.61 $78,220
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $36.36 $75,620
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 370 2.34 12.01 $34.65 $72,070
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $34.44 $71,640
Lake Charles, LA 1,170 10.12 51.98 $33.73 $70,160
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 0.13 $33.59 $69,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,420 1.15 5.89 $33.24 $69,150
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $33.16 $68,970
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,440 2.60 13.34 $33.13 $68,910
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 110 0.21 1.06 $32.65 $67,910

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)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 190 1.36 6.99 $31.57 $65,670
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.93 9.89 $23.17 $48,190
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.99 5.09 (8) (8)
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 2.44 $26.60 $55,320
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 1.85 $32.91 $68,460

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)
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.93 9.89 $23.17 $48,190
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 190 1.36 6.99 $31.57 $65,670
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.99 5.09 (8) (8)
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 2.44 $26.60 $55,320
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 1.85 $32.91 $68,460

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 50 0.36 1.85 $32.91 $68,460
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 190 1.36 6.99 $31.57 $65,670
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.15 $62,710
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 2.44 $26.60 $55,320
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.93 $53,940


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019