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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-8091 Chemical Plant and System Operators

Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.


National estimates for Chemical Plant and System Operators
Industry profile for Chemical Plant and System Operators
Geographic profile for Chemical Plant and System Operators

National estimates for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
21,740 3.4 % $ 33.18 $ 69,020 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.44 $ 23.52 $ 33.75 $ 39.06 $ 48.06
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,340 $ 48,920 $ 70,200 $ 81,250 $ 99,960


Industry profile for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Chemical Plant and System Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Chemical Plant and System Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 13,330 3.80 $ 34.71 $ 72,210
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,250 3.15 $ 39.47 $ 82,100
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,370 0.75 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 660 0.38 $ 27.97 $ 58,170
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 550 0.15 $ 27.83 $ 57,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 13,330 3.80 $ 34.71 $ 72,210
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,250 3.15 $ 39.47 $ 82,100
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,370 0.75 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 660 0.38 $ 27.97 $ 58,170
Waste Treatment and Disposal 270 0.28 $ 36.67 $ 76,270

Top paying industries for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,250 3.15 $ 39.47 $ 82,100
Waste Treatment and Disposal 270 0.28 $ 36.67 $ 76,270
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 80 0.02 $ 35.11 $ 73,030
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 13,330 3.80 $ 34.71 $ 72,210
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 40 0.08 $ 31.44 $ 65,400


Geographic profile for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Chemical Plant and System Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Chemical Plant and System Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of chemical plant and system operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,740 0.55 3.57 $ 37.80 $ 78,620
Louisiana 2,870 1.60 10.37 $ 35.05 $ 72,900
South Carolina 870 0.42 2.74 $ 26.11 $ 54,310
Minnesota 860 0.31 2.04 $ 25.31 $ 52,650
California 820 0.05 0.32 (8) (8)


Map of location quotient of chemical plant and system operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 2,870 1.60 10.37 $ 35.05 $ 72,900
Texas 6,740 0.55 3.57 $ 37.80 $ 78,620
South Carolina 870 0.42 2.74 $ 26.11 $ 54,310
Alabama 810 0.42 2.71 $ 36.43 $ 75,770
Wyoming 100 0.37 2.39 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of chemical plant and system operators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 460 0.12 0.78 $ 42.64 $ 88,700
Texas 6,740 0.55 3.57 $ 37.80 $ 78,620
Montana 70 0.14 0.93 $ 36.75 $ 76,440
Alabama 810 0.42 2.71 $ 36.43 $ 75,770
West Virginia 240 0.36 2.35 $ 35.34 $ 73,520



Map of employment of chemical plant and system operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,960 1.37 8.86 $ 39.62 $ 82,410
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,070 2.11 13.70 $ 32.05 $ 66,670
Baton Rouge, LA 980 2.66 17.21 $ 41.61 $ 86,550
Mobile, AL 580 3.56 23.05 $ 37.13 $ 77,230
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.30 1.94 $ 26.39 $ 54,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 530 0.15 0.96 $ 27.63 $ 57,460
Corpus Christi, TX 470 2.70 17.47 $ 42.36 $ 88,120
Lake Charles, LA 430 4.76 30.85 $ 35.30 $ 73,420
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 370 0.04 0.28 $ 43.35 $ 90,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 360 0.16 1.05 $ 43.85 $ 91,210


Map of location quotient of chemical plant and system operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Charles, LA 430 4.76 30.85 $ 35.30 $ 73,420
Mobile, AL 580 3.56 23.05 $ 37.13 $ 77,230
Corpus Christi, TX 470 2.70 17.47 $ 42.36 $ 88,120
Baton Rouge, LA 980 2.66 17.21 $ 41.61 $ 86,550
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,070 2.11 13.70 $ 32.05 $ 66,670
Lima, OH 90 1.92 12.43 $ 44.45 $ 92,450
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,960 1.37 8.86 $ 39.62 $ 82,410
Spartanburg, SC 190 1.18 7.66 $ 23.97 $ 49,850
Boulder, CO 180 1.01 6.55 $ 31.23 $ 64,970
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 140 0.86 5.59 $ 27.53 $ 57,270


Map of annual mean wages of chemical plant and system operators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lima, OH 90 1.92 12.43 $ 44.45 $ 92,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 360 0.16 1.05 $ 43.85 $ 91,210
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 370 0.04 0.28 $ 43.35 $ 90,170
Corpus Christi, TX 470 2.70 17.47 $ 42.36 $ 88,120
Baton Rouge, LA 980 2.66 17.21 $ 41.61 $ 86,550
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 200 0.07 0.48 $ 39.71 $ 82,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,960 1.37 8.86 $ 39.62 $ 82,410
Charleston, WV 60 0.63 4.07 $ 39.48 $ 82,110
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 110 0.27 1.72 $ 38.22 $ 79,490
Mobile, AL 580 3.56 23.05 $ 37.13 $ 77,230

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.48 3.11 $ 24.32 $ 50,590
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 1.11 7.16 $ 42.47 $ 88,330
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.84 5.46 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.82 5.32 $ 24.94 $ 51,870
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 4.71 $ 26.66 $ 55,460

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 1.11 7.16 $ 42.47 $ 88,330
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.84 5.46 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.82 5.32 $ 24.94 $ 51,870
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 4.71 $ 26.66 $ 55,460
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.48 3.11 $ 24.32 $ 50,590

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Chemical Plant and System Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 1.11 7.16 $ 42.47 $ 88,330
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 2.29 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 60 0.19 1.20 $ 28.65 $ 59,600
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 2.39 $ 27.89 $ 58,010
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 4.71 $ 26.66 $ 55,460


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022