Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
35,010 2.5 % $35.48 $73,800 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.28 $28.63 $35.91 $42.98 $48.84
Annual Wage (2) $44,270 $59,550 $74,690 $89,390 $101,590


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 24,350 6.29 $35.84 $74,550
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,220 0.10 $34.22 $71,170
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 950 0.03 $28.81 $59,920
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.69 (8) (8)
State Government (OES Designation) 500 0.02 $34.90 $72,590

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 24,350 6.29 $35.84 $74,550
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.69 (8) (8)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 230 0.47 (8) (8)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 330 0.34 $33.31 $69,280
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 230 0.23 $32.39 $67,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 30 (7) $41.92 $87,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $41.66 $86,660
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $37.14 $77,250
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 24,350 6.29 $35.84 $74,550
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $34.93 $72,650


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 3,200 0.20 0.80 $44.32 $92,190
Texas 2,950 0.25 1.01 $33.32 $69,300
Michigan 1,960 0.46 1.86 $35.18 $73,170
New York 1,940 0.21 0.86 $37.02 $77,010
Florida 1,680 0.20 0.82 $34.19 $71,110




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 560 1.73 6.95 $32.98 $68,600
Wyoming 350 1.26 5.05 $37.42 $77,840
West Virginia 590 0.85 3.40 $35.02 $72,830
North Dakota 350 0.83 3.31 $38.42 $79,910
Montana 220 0.49 1.95 $38.01 $79,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,200 0.20 0.80 $44.32 $92,190
Washington 420 0.14 0.55 $41.75 $86,850
New Jersey 690 0.17 0.70 $40.60 $84,450
Nevada 600 0.48 1.91 $39.80 $82,790
Hawaii 240 0.37 1.50 $39.12 $81,370





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.20 0.82 $39.73 $82,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.15 0.60 $51.01 $106,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 560 0.19 0.77 $31.04 $64,570
Kansas City, MO-KS 520 0.50 1.99 $36.32 $75,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 420 0.16 0.66 $34.56 $71,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.21 0.84 $36.98 $76,920
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 400 0.38 1.54 $34.38 $71,500
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 350 0.38 1.52 $44.58 $92,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 350 0.19 0.77 $36.68 $76,290
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 340 0.48 1.91 $36.14 $75,170




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)
El Centro, CA 200 3.66 14.67 $34.71 $72,190
Lawrence, KS 70 1.49 5.97 $21.14 $43,960
Madera, CA 50 1.27 5.08 $34.58 $71,920
Bismarck, ND 90 1.22 4.90 $36.67 $76,280
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 0.84 3.39 $31.25 $64,990
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 170 0.81 3.24 $35.28 $73,380
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 160 0.76 3.07 $36.97 $76,890
Greeley, CO 70 0.74 2.96 $36.05 $74,990
Rochester, MN 80 0.71 2.84 $32.36 $67,310
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 110 0.71 2.85 $36.96 $76,870




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)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $60.11 $125,030
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 280 0.31 1.24 $51.27 $106,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.15 0.60 $51.01 $106,090
Stockton-Lodi, CA 40 0.19 0.75 $50.91 $105,890
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.11 0.45 $47.77 $99,360
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.23 0.91 $47.70 $99,220
Merced, CA 40 0.59 2.36 $46.76 $97,270
Redding, CA 30 0.56 2.26 $46.57 $96,870
Fresno, CA 150 0.43 1.73 $45.46 $94,560
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 350 0.38 1.52 $44.58 $92,720

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 430 5.87 23.53 $32.50 $67,610
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 340 2.19 8.80 $33.11 $68,870
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 300 1.55 6.20 $32.61 $67,830
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 290 2.00 8.00 $36.65 $76,230
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 240 1.59 6.37 $36.92 $76,800

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 430 5.87 23.53 $32.50 $67,610
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 5.55 22.25 $39.68 $82,530
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 3.81 15.27 $40.27 $83,750
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 3.10 12.44 $33.00 $68,630
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 130 2.72 10.91 $38.95 $81,010

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 Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 2.81 $41.36 $86,040
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.31 $41.15 $85,600
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 3.81 15.27 $40.27 $83,750
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.70 $82,590
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 5.55 22.25 $39.68 $82,530


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017