Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
30,290 4.5 % $29.63 $61,620 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.97 $22.81 $29.89 $36.67 $41.85
Annual Wage (2) $35,290 $47,440 $62,170 $76,280 $87,060


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)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 22,700 6.32 $30.84 $64,140
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,590 0.90 $24.46 $50,880
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,420 0.85 $25.33 $52,680
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,400 1.24 $29.87 $62,130
Scientific Research and Development Services 440 0.07 $27.81 $57,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 22,700 6.32 $30.84 $64,140
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,400 1.24 $29.87 $62,130
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,590 0.90 $24.46 $50,880
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,420 0.85 $25.33 $52,680
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 90 0.16 $19.77 $41,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 22,700 6.32 $30.84 $64,140
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,400 1.24 $29.87 $62,130
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 240 0.06 $29.07 $60,460
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 100 0.01 $28.74 $59,780
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 80 0.09 $28.45 $59,170


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)
Louisiana 5,050 2.65 12.49 $32.27 $67,130
Texas 4,980 0.42 1.97 $33.62 $69,940
Ohio 1,830 0.34 1.61 $28.44 $59,150
Iowa 1,360 0.89 4.17 $28.48 $59,230
Georgia 1,340 0.31 1.46 $25.43 $52,900




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 5,050 2.65 12.49 $32.27 $67,130
Wyoming 290 1.08 5.08 $38.51 $80,110
Iowa 1,360 0.89 4.17 $28.48 $59,230
Alabama 990 0.52 2.43 $32.66 $67,930
South Carolina 1,030 0.51 2.42 $24.87 $51,740




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 1.08 5.08 $38.51 $80,110
Texas 4,980 0.42 1.97 $33.62 $69,940
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $32.83 $68,280
Alabama 990 0.52 2.43 $32.66 $67,930
Louisiana 5,050 2.65 12.49 $32.27 $67,130



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,910 0.99 4.68 $33.02 $68,670
Baton Rouge, LA 2,450 6.26 29.44 $32.73 $68,080
Lake Charles, LA 1,320 11.77 55.41 $34.01 $70,740
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 930 1.68 7.89 $30.18 $62,770
Mobile, AL 590 3.39 15.97 $32.93 $68,490
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 570 0.54 2.54 $29.19 $60,710
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 0.69 $25.87 $53,800
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 390 0.88 4.12 $27.61 $57,430
Columbia, SC 290 0.79 3.71 $26.12 $54,320
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 290 0.47 2.20 $22.18 $46,140


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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)
Lake Charles, LA 1,320 11.77 55.41 $34.01 $70,740
Baton Rouge, LA 2,450 6.26 29.44 $32.73 $68,080
Mobile, AL 590 3.39 15.97 $32.93 $68,490
Lima, OH 160 3.21 15.13 $36.79 $76,520
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 930 1.68 7.89 $30.18 $62,770
Spartanburg, SC 170 1.12 5.26 $22.94 $47,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,910 0.99 4.68 $33.02 $68,670
Savannah, GA 170 0.98 4.62 $20.84 $43,340
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 210 0.98 4.62 (8) (8)
Janesville-Beloit, WI 60 0.91 4.29 $27.73 $57,680


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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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $41.12 $85,520
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.11 0.52 $39.21 $81,550
Lima, OH 160 3.21 15.13 $36.79 $76,520
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (8) (8) (8) $34.47 $71,690
Lake Charles, LA 1,320 11.77 55.41 $34.01 $70,740
Charleston, WV 80 0.76 3.55 $33.98 $70,690
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.24 1.12 $33.39 $69,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,910 0.99 4.68 $33.02 $68,670
Mobile, AL 590 3.39 15.97 $32.93 $68,490
Baton Rouge, LA 2,450 6.26 29.44 $32.73 $68,080

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 660 2.90 13.63 $28.92 $60,150
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 280 4.58 21.57 $39.12 $81,370
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 4.04 19.03 $22.00 $45,750
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 1.14 5.34 (8) (8)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 3.80 $25.38 $52,800

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 280 4.58 21.57 $39.12 $81,370
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 4.04 19.03 $22.00 $45,750
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 660 2.90 13.63 $28.92 $60,150
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 1.14 5.34 (8) (8)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 3.80 $25.38 $52,800

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 280 4.58 21.57 $39.12 $81,370
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 2.47 $33.59 $69,860
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.27 $62,960
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 1.57 $29.82 $62,030
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 660 2.90 13.63 $28.92 $60,150


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