Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
34,170 2.1 % $36.53 $75,970 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.75 $29.27 $37.10 $44.59 $49.94
Annual Wage (2) $45,230 $60,870 $77,180 $92,740 $103,880


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 23,170 5.94 $37.28 $77,540
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,290 0.10 $34.23 $71,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,100 0.04 $29.35 $61,050
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.69 (8) (8)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 510 0.02 $36.45 $75,810

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 23,170 5.94 $37.28 $77,540
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 360 0.72 (8) (8)
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.69 (8) (8)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 360 0.38 $34.26 $71,250
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 230 0.24 $31.22 $64,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 470 0.02 $43.06 $89,570
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $37.85 $78,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 23,170 5.94 $37.28 $77,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 510 0.02 $36.45 $75,810
Nonresidential Building Construction 80 0.01 $35.14 $73,080


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 3,210 0.19 0.80 $44.35 $92,240
Texas 2,880 0.24 1.01 $34.16 $71,060
New York 1,820 0.20 0.83 $39.27 $81,680
Florida 1,820 0.22 0.90 $35.53 $73,900
Michigan 1,720 0.40 1.68 $38.44 $79,960




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 490 1.55 6.48 $31.84 $66,230
Wyoming 310 1.15 4.78 $38.61 $80,310
North Dakota 370 0.88 3.69 $39.88 $82,950
West Virginia 570 0.82 3.42 $33.96 $70,630
Montana 310 0.67 2.78 $40.28 $83,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,210 0.19 0.80 $44.35 $92,240
Washington 410 0.13 0.54 $41.63 $86,590
Nevada 510 0.39 1.63 $40.98 $85,240
Montana 310 0.67 2.78 $40.28 $83,780
Hawaii 240 0.37 1.56 $40.06 $83,320



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.17 0.70 $39.52 $82,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.15 0.61 $46.49 $96,700
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 570 0.45 1.86 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 500 0.26 1.09 $38.73 $80,570
Kansas City, MO-KS 470 0.44 1.85 $37.73 $78,490
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 0.66 $33.90 $70,510
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 0.50 $40.77 $84,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.16 0.69 $35.46 $73,750
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 330 0.33 1.36 $37.55 $78,110
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 320 0.23 0.97 $39.67 $82,510


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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)
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 170 4.43 18.48 (8) (8)
El Centro, CA 170 2.75 11.49 $34.61 $71,990
Bismarck, ND 100 1.31 5.46 $36.97 $76,900
Wheeling, WV-OH 70 1.16 4.85 $29.28 $60,900
Madera, CA 50 1.08 4.51 (8) (8)
El Paso, TX 310 1.01 4.23 $38.47 $80,010
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 130 1.00 4.17 $32.86 $68,360
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 150 1.00 4.17 $40.51 $84,260
College Station-Bryan, TX 110 0.97 4.05 $27.24 $56,660
Redding, CA 60 0.87 3.64 (8) (8)


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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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 200 0.21 0.88 $55.45 $115,340
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 0.32 $54.03 $112,390
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.19 0.78 $49.52 $103,010
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.33 $49.24 $102,410
Chico, CA 60 0.72 2.98 $48.89 $101,680
Modesto, CA 70 0.41 1.71 $48.71 $101,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.15 0.61 $46.49 $96,700
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 300 0.31 1.29 $45.98 $95,640
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 70 0.50 2.09 $45.59 $94,830
Fresno, CA 150 0.39 1.64 $45.33 $94,280

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)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 390 2.02 8.42 $34.52 $71,810
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 390 5.43 22.67 $31.12 $64,720
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 260 1.74 7.26 $35.21 $73,240
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 260 1.66 6.91 $33.44 $69,550
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 4.19 17.47 $41.38 $86,080

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 390 5.43 22.67 $31.12 $64,720
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 4.19 17.47 $41.38 $86,080
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 200 2.92 12.18 $33.89 $70,480
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 2.23 9.29 (8) (8)
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 2.16 9.03 $32.70 $68,020

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)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 2.90 $42.75 $88,930
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 3.35 $42.38 $88,160
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 2.21 $41.84 $87,030
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $41.63 $86,580
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 4.19 17.47 $41.38 $86,080


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.

(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