Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-8091 Chemical Plant and System Operators

Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.


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)
33,300 4.2 % $28.57 $59,430 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.85 $22.17 $28.81 $35.20 $39.41
Annual Wage (2) $35,050 $46,110 $59,920 $73,210 $81,970


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 12,940 8.61 $30.17 $62,750
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,140 6.65 $29.75 $61,880
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 4,200 11.78 $29.24 $60,820
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,560 1.25 $23.91 $49,730
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,510 1.87 $27.59 $57,390

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 4,200 11.78 $29.24 $60,820
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 12,940 8.61 $30.17 $62,750
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,140 6.65 $29.75 $61,880
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,510 1.87 $27.59 $57,390
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,560 1.25 $23.91 $49,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 12,940 8.61 $30.17 $62,750
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,140 6.65 $29.75 $61,880
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 4,200 11.78 $29.24 $60,820
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 650 0.61 $28.66 $59,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 380 0.06 $27.70 $57,610


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)
Texas 5,090 0.43 1.83 $32.17 $66,910
Louisiana 4,550 2.37 9.98 $31.78 $66,110
Ohio 2,620 0.49 2.07 $24.29 $50,520
Georgia 1,340 0.32 1.34 $27.30 $56,780
Illinois 1,130 0.19 0.81 $27.37 $56,940




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)
Louisiana 4,550 2.37 9.98 $31.78 $66,110
Wyoming 290 1.05 4.44 $35.22 $73,260
Mississippi 730 0.65 2.75 $29.82 $62,030
West Virginia 430 0.61 2.58 $31.12 $64,740
Iowa 870 0.57 2.39 $27.07 $56,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 290 1.05 4.44 $35.22 $73,260
Texas 5,090 0.43 1.83 $32.17 $66,910
Alabama 900 0.47 1.98 $31.99 $66,540
Delaware 90 0.20 0.85 $31.99 $66,530
Louisiana 4,550 2.37 9.98 $31.78 $66,110





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,950 1.00 4.23 $30.79 $64,040
Baton Rouge, LA 2,410 6.10 25.70 $32.02 $66,610
Lake Charles, LA 1,040 10.13 42.72 $34.44 $71,630
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 730 0.70 2.96 $26.08 $54,240
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 630 1.13 4.76 $28.96 $60,250
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 580 3.58 15.07 $39.51 $82,190
St. Louis, MO-IL 540 0.40 1.71 $28.73 $59,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 500 0.20 0.83 $30.48 $63,390
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 490 0.13 0.56 $28.15 $58,550
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 420 1.04 4.40 $27.09 $56,340




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)
Lake Charles, LA 1,040 10.13 42.72 $34.44 $71,630
Baton Rouge, LA 2,410 6.10 25.70 $32.02 $66,610
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 580 3.58 15.07 $39.51 $82,190
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 370 2.49 10.51 $28.89 $60,090
Lynchburg, VA 150 1.55 6.55 $21.73 $45,190
Spartanburg, SC 210 1.50 6.32 $22.57 $46,950
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 630 1.13 4.76 $28.96 $60,250
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 230 1.09 4.58 $30.89 $64,240
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 420 1.04 4.40 $27.09 $56,340
Savannah, GA 160 1.00 4.20 $23.42 $48,710




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 580 3.58 15.07 $39.51 $82,190
Lake Charles, LA 1,040 10.13 42.72 $34.44 $71,630
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (8) (8) (8) $33.51 $69,690
Baton Rouge, LA 2,410 6.10 25.70 $32.02 $66,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.08 0.35 $31.88 $66,300
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $30.97 $64,430
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 230 1.09 4.58 $30.89 $64,240
Chattanooga, TN-GA 40 0.18 0.74 $30.84 $64,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,950 1.00 4.23 $30.79 $64,040
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.29 1.23 $30.69 $63,830

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 270 4.52 19.05 $35.76 $74,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 230 1.52 6.42 $30.89 $64,250
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.73 7.27 $28.63 $59,560
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 1.13 4.78 $26.65 $55,420
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 2.53 10.65 $30.43 $63,300

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 270 4.52 19.05 $35.76 $74,390
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 2.53 10.65 $30.43 $63,300
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.94 8.17 $22.37 $46,530
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.73 7.27 $28.63 $59,560
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 230 1.52 6.42 $30.89 $64,250

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 270 4.52 19.05 $35.76 $74,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 230 1.52 6.42 $30.89 $64,250
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 2.53 10.65 $30.43 $63,300
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 1.76 $30.35 $63,120
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.73 7.27 $28.63 $59,560


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.

(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