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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
33,920 2.6 % $37.51 $78,030 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.92 $29.97 $38.27 $45.83 $51.27
Annual Wage (2) $45,590 $62,330 $79,610 $95,330 $106,650


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 23,560 5.99 $38.35 $79,770
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,540 0.08 $35.51 $73,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,100 0.04 $29.59 $61,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $43.32 $90,100
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 500 0.02 $36.32 $75,540

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 23,560 5.99 $38.35 $79,770
Waste Treatment and Disposal 270 0.27 $35.12 $73,050
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 170 0.19 $31.57 $65,650
Grain and Oilseed Milling 50 0.09 $25.05 $52,110
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,540 0.08 $35.51 $73,850

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) 690 0.03 $43.32 $90,100
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.03 $39.74 $82,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 23,560 5.99 $38.35 $79,770
Water, Sewage and Other Systems (8) (8) $36.41 $75,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises 500 0.02 $36.38 $75,660


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 3,670 0.22 0.92 $45.00 $93,610
Texas 2,530 0.21 0.89 $35.76 $74,380
New York 1,850 0.20 0.84 $42.00 $87,360
Michigan 1,640 0.38 1.62 $38.66 $80,420
Florida 1,620 0.19 0.80 $35.07 $72,950




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 520 1.66 7.07 $30.44 $63,310
Wyoming 270 1.01 4.33 $37.93 $78,890
West Virginia 500 0.72 3.06 $31.64 $65,810
North Dakota 280 0.68 2.92 $41.89 $87,130
Montana 240 0.52 2.21 $40.18 $83,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,670 0.22 0.92 $45.00 $93,610
Washington 480 0.15 0.62 $45.00 $93,600
Hawaii 220 0.34 1.47 $43.58 $90,650
New York 1,850 0.20 0.84 $42.00 $87,360
Nevada 460 0.34 1.47 $41.94 $87,230





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,510 0.16 0.68 $42.59 $88,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 630 0.32 1.37 $40.21 $83,640
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 610 0.31 1.32 $43.31 $90,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 600 0.13 0.55 $35.18 $73,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 480 0.17 0.72 $37.50 $77,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 420 0.16 0.67 $32.91 $68,460
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 420 0.15 0.65 $37.87 $78,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 410 0.14 0.58 $37.11 $77,180
Kansas City, MO-KS 320 0.30 1.29 $39.33 $81,810
Worcester, MA-CT 320 1.12 4.79 $40.53 $84,310




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)
Farmington, NM 160 3.21 13.70 $38.01 $79,060
Wheeling, WV-OH 100 1.55 6.61 $25.18 $52,380
Worcester, MA-CT 320 1.12 4.79 $40.53 $84,310
Bismarck, ND 70 0.98 4.17 $36.61 $76,150
Madera, CA 40 0.97 4.15 $30.58 $63,610
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 110 0.93 3.98 $41.98 $87,310
Merced, CA 60 0.84 3.60 $43.46 $90,400
Greeley, CO 80 0.78 3.32 $43.73 $90,950
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 0.77 3.30 $25.45 $52,940
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 230 0.74 3.15 $41.11 $85,510




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 180 0.19 0.80 $55.33 $115,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 300 0.12 0.53 $51.85 $107,840
Modesto, CA 70 0.40 1.72 $50.25 $104,520
Bakersfield, CA 110 0.37 1.58 $47.95 $99,740
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 280 0.28 1.20 $46.92 $97,590
Fresno, CA 190 0.50 2.13 $46.68 $97,100
Anchorage, AK 80 0.46 1.95 $45.54 $94,720
Syracuse, NY 170 0.56 2.40 $44.81 $93,200
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.11 0.46 $44.54 $92,640
Jackson, MI (8) (8) (8) $44.27 $92,090

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 430 4.09 17.44 $27.76 $57,730
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.69 2.94 $24.47 $50,910
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 260 1.70 7.25 $33.82 $70,340
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 250 1.65 7.04 $41.48 $86,270
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 210 1.33 5.68 $33.98 $70,670

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 430 4.09 17.44 $27.76 $57,730
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 180 2.22 9.47 $39.14 $81,420
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 140 1.85 7.89 $40.76 $84,780
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.81 7.71 $31.46 $65,440
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.71 7.30 $44.43 $92,410

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $56.81 $118,160
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.80 $50.67 $105,390
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 3.36 $46.98 $97,720
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.71 7.30 $44.43 $92,410
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 2.78 $43.81 $91,120


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