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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-8099 Plant and System Operators, All Other

All plant and system operators not listed separately.


National estimates for Plant and System Operators, All Other
Industry profile for Plant and System Operators, All Other
Geographic profile for Plant and System Operators, All Other

National estimates for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,420 3.6 % $ 26.67 $ 55,480 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.30 $ 18.31 $ 24.16 $ 32.05 $ 38.59
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,750 $ 38,070 $ 50,250 $ 66,670 $ 80,270


Industry profile for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Plant and System Operators, All Other are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Plant and System Operators, All Other, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,830 0.09 $ 31.89 $ 66,340
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,510 1.47 $ 25.79 $ 53,630
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,510 0.38 $ 23.29 $ 48,450
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,300 1.49 $ 33.12 $ 68,880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 970 0.02 $ 34.60 $ 71,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,300 1.49 $ 33.12 $ 68,880
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,510 1.47 $ 25.79 $ 53,630
Waste Treatment and Disposal 760 0.77 $ 25.03 $ 52,050
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 670 0.70 $ 29.29 $ 60,920
Grain and Oilseed Milling 370 0.59 $ 23.19 $ 48,230

Top paying industries for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $ 39.51 $ 82,180
Office Administrative Services 60 0.01 $ 37.89 $ 78,810
Support Activities for Mining 90 0.04 $ 36.32 $ 75,540
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 970 0.02 $ 34.60 $ 71,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $ 33.56 $ 69,800


Geographic profile for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Plant and System Operators, All Other are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Plant and System Operators, All Other, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of plant and system operators, all other by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,550 0.29 2.65 $ 20.51 $ 42,650
Louisiana 2,220 1.24 11.29 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
California 1,140 0.07 0.63 $ 33.01 $ 68,660
Colorado 780 0.30 2.70 $ 30.08 $ 62,570
Florida 520 0.06 0.55 $ 28.33 $ 58,930


Map of location quotient of plant and system operators, all other by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 2,220 1.24 11.29 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Montana 210 0.44 4.03 $ 28.84 $ 60,000
Wyoming 100 0.40 3.62 $ 25.69 $ 53,440
Maine 220 0.38 3.44 $ 23.98 $ 49,890
South Dakota 130 0.31 2.80 $ 23.30 $ 48,460


Map of annual mean wages of plant and system operators, all other by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 40 0.04 0.36 $ 46.33 $ 96,360
Alaska 50 0.17 1.53 $ 38.12 $ 79,300
Massachusetts 90 0.03 0.24 $ 35.63 $ 74,110
Washington 280 0.09 0.81 $ 34.72 $ 72,220
Iowa 130 0.09 0.81 $ 34.17 $ 71,070



Map of employment of plant and system operators, all other by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,100 0.31 2.79 $ 18.53 $ 38,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 630 0.22 1.98 $ 22.02 $ 45,800
Baton Rouge, LA 600 1.63 14.94 $ 30.07 $ 62,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 410 0.14 1.27 $ 32.60 $ 67,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 350 0.06 0.56 $ 27.19 $ 56,540
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 340 0.23 2.10 $ 30.00 $ 62,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 330 0.04 0.35 $ 28.88 $ 60,070
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 220 0.43 3.94 $ 28.88 $ 60,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 190 0.07 0.64 $ 29.63 $ 61,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 170 0.11 1.01 $ 32.38 $ 67,350


Map of location quotient of plant and system operators, all other by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Baton Rouge, LA 600 1.63 14.94 $ 30.07 $ 62,540
Bangor, ME 70 1.15 10.49 $ 25.89 $ 53,860
Farmington, NM 30 0.81 7.43 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Greeley, CO 60 0.55 5.01 $ 26.48 $ 55,080
Lafayette, LA 90 0.50 4.60 $ 22.58 $ 46,960
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 220 0.43 3.94 $ 28.88 $ 60,060
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.43 3.94 $ 27.98 $ 58,200
Midland, TX 40 0.42 3.79 $ 31.50 $ 65,530
Fort Collins, CO 50 0.34 3.07 $ 29.08 $ 60,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,100 0.31 2.79 $ 18.53 $ 38,550


Map of annual mean wages of plant and system operators, all other by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.13 1.15 $ 42.11 $ 87,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 80 0.04 0.33 $ 41.44 $ 86,190
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 0.71 $ 39.96 $ 83,110
Reno, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 38.39 $ 79,840
Bakersfield, CA 60 0.18 1.66 $ 38.26 $ 79,580
Jacksonville, FL 40 0.06 0.52 $ 36.16 $ 75,210
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 90 0.05 0.44 $ 35.96 $ 74,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 0.37 $ 34.67 $ 72,100
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.09 0.78 $ 33.82 $ 70,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 410 0.14 1.27 $ 32.60 $ 67,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 340 5.42 49.55 $ 30.78 $ 64,030
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 320 4.34 39.66 $ 32.76 $ 68,140
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 8.20 $ 22.76 $ 47,330
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 160 2.50 22.87 $ 30.65 $ 63,760
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.85 7.73 $ 23.30 $ 48,470

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 340 5.42 49.55 $ 30.78 $ 64,030
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 320 4.34 39.66 $ 32.76 $ 68,140
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 160 2.50 22.87 $ 30.65 $ 63,760
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 9.76 $ 30.43 $ 63,300
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 8.36 $ 30.18 $ 62,780

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Plant and System Operators, All Other:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.73 6.64 $ 33.65 $ 70,000
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 5.32 $ 33.47 $ 69,620
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.75 6.85 $ 32.80 $ 68,220
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 320 4.34 39.66 $ 32.76 $ 68,140
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 340 5.42 49.55 $ 30.78 $ 64,030


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022