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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
12,270 3.6 % $28.03 $58,300 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.63 $21.37 $27.45 $33.55 $39.30
Annual Wage (2) $34,580 $44,450 $57,100 $69,790 $81,750


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) 1,680 0.08 $30.00 $62,390
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,630 0.03 $30.91 $64,300
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,220 0.29 $24.27 $50,480
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,040 1.06 $29.71 $61,800
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 770 0.23 $26.64 $55,410

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 1,040 1.06 $29.71 $61,800
Metal Ore Mining 340 0.85 $29.27 $60,890
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 590 0.53 $27.51 $57,230
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 460 0.47 $26.24 $54,590
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,220 0.29 $24.27 $50,480

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 200 0.01 $37.39 $77,770
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 380 0.10 $36.07 $75,030
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.06 $34.02 $70,770
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 40 0.01 $32.19 $66,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $32.12 $66,820


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 1,530 0.09 1.06 $33.41 $69,480
Louisiana 1,150 0.60 7.11 $26.26 $54,610
Texas 930 0.08 0.91 $25.41 $52,850
Colorado 840 0.32 3.77 $24.48 $50,910
Florida 600 0.07 0.83 $25.51 $53,060




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)
Montana 350 0.76 9.01 $29.02 $60,360
Louisiana 1,150 0.60 7.11 $26.26 $54,610
Wyoming 150 0.56 6.65 (8) (8)
Alaska 110 0.36 4.22 $31.42 $65,360
North Dakota 150 0.35 4.14 $25.12 $52,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,530 0.09 1.06 $33.41 $69,480
Washington 280 0.09 1.02 $32.98 $68,600
Hawaii 90 0.14 1.59 $32.93 $68,500
Minnesota 190 0.07 0.80 $32.58 $67,770
Kansas (8) (8) (8) $31.92 $66,380





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 400 0.13 1.49 $30.95 $64,370
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 390 0.27 3.15 $23.10 $48,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 360 0.06 0.70 $30.29 $63,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.23 2.76 $33.36 $69,380
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 300 0.03 0.37 $30.69 $63,840
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 230 0.23 2.73 $25.80 $53,670
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 210 0.08 0.95 $28.09 $58,440
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 210 0.16 1.85 $23.46 $48,790
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 170 0.04 0.44 $33.87 $70,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 160 0.08 0.93 $25.25 $52,520




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)
Alexandria, LA 80 1.32 15.56 $27.53 $57,270
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 50 0.54 6.34 $24.05 $50,020
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 100 0.46 5.39 $27.90 $58,040
Chico, CA 40 0.44 5.13 $21.96 $45,670
Colorado Springs, CO 120 0.43 5.09 $26.62 $55,370
Billings, MT 30 0.41 4.79 $27.66 $57,540
Medford, OR 30 0.38 4.54 $21.29 $44,270
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.37 4.32 $23.70 $49,300
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 30 0.31 3.69 $28.59 $59,460
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 150 0.28 3.30 $27.55 $57,310




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 0.47 $45.29 $94,200
Modesto, CA 30 0.18 2.08 $43.05 $89,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 0.48 $42.75 $88,920
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 50 0.03 0.41 $39.17 $81,470
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 120 0.12 1.39 $37.30 $77,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 90 0.05 0.54 $37.08 $77,130
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.13 $75,150
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.20 2.35 $35.40 $73,640
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 170 0.04 0.44 $33.87 $70,450
Urban Honolulu, HI 80 0.17 2.03 $33.37 $69,420

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)
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 2.42 28.56 $30.59 $63,630
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 150 2.31 27.24 $24.74 $51,460
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.17 13.75 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 9.28 $29.44 $61,230
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.22 14.44 $21.69 $45,110

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)
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 2.42 28.56 $30.59 $63,630
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 150 2.31 27.24 $24.74 $51,460
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.22 14.44 $21.69 $45,110
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.17 13.75 (8) (8)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.03 12.20 $26.80 $55,740

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 6.12 $33.51 $69,700
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 2.42 28.56 $30.59 $63,630
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.77 $30.19 $62,790
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 9.28 $29.44 $61,230
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 9.62 $28.83 $59,970


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