Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-8099 Plant and System Operators, All Other

All plant and system operators not listed separately.


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)
11,970 3.6 % $26.61 $55,340 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.37 $20.07 $26.41 $31.87 $37.80
Annual Wage (2) $31,970 $41,740 $54,930 $66,290 $78,630


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,970 0.10 $29.97 $62,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,130 0.02 $25.43 $52,890
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,130 1.19 $28.20 $58,650
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 850 0.76 $26.14 $54,380
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 800 0.42 $23.95 $49,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,130 1.19 $28.20 $58,650
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 850 0.76 $26.14 $54,380
Metal Ore Mining 200 0.50 $28.47 $59,210
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 440 0.46 $26.51 $55,130
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 800 0.42 $23.95 $49,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $34.45 $71,660
Oil and Gas Extraction 270 0.15 $33.33 $69,320
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 380 0.10 $32.75 $68,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $30.62 $63,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,970 0.10 $29.97 $62,330


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 1,340 0.70 8.16 $25.34 $52,710
California 980 0.06 0.72 $32.48 $67,550
Texas 800 0.07 0.80 $23.39 $48,650
Florida 610 0.07 0.87 $24.15 $50,220
Arizona 600 0.22 2.63 $23.60 $49,080




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)
Wyoming 240 0.85 9.99 $21.52 $44,770
Louisiana 1,340 0.70 8.16 $25.34 $52,710
Alaska 140 0.43 5.08 $37.10 $77,170
Montana 120 0.27 3.17 $28.63 $59,550
North Dakota 90 0.22 2.53 $26.56 $55,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 140 0.43 5.08 $37.10 $77,170
California 980 0.06 0.72 $32.48 $67,550
Tennessee 420 0.15 1.70 $32.38 $67,360
Kentucky 280 0.15 1.76 $32.34 $67,270
Alabama 70 0.04 0.46 $32.07 $66,690





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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 430 0.30 3.56 $28.25 $58,760
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 320 0.16 1.94 $23.90 $49,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 250 0.10 1.20 $30.35 $63,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 220 0.07 0.88 $22.88 $47,580
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 190 0.33 3.92 $25.41 $52,860
Lafayette, LA 190 0.91 10.65 $28.71 $59,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 180 0.10 1.13 $26.45 $55,010
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 180 0.14 1.66 $22.04 $45,840
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.03 0.31 $30.51 $63,450
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 170 1.90 22.33 $19.40 $40,350




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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 170 1.90 22.33 $19.40 $40,350
Lafayette, LA 190 0.91 10.65 $28.71 $59,720
Bangor, ME 40 0.64 7.51 $21.73 $45,210
Bellingham, WA 40 0.44 5.17 $30.84 $64,140
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 90 0.43 5.07 $26.42 $54,950
Tucson, AZ 120 0.34 4.03 $22.01 $45,780
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 60 0.34 3.97 $16.85 $35,050
Baton Rouge, LA 130 0.34 3.94 $23.35 $48,560
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 190 0.33 3.92 $25.41 $52,860
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 430 0.30 3.56 $28.25 $58,760




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)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 1.37 $38.24 $79,540
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 0.52 $36.87 $76,700
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 50 0.05 0.61 $35.65 $74,160
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 30 0.03 0.40 $35.64 $74,120
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.17 2.00 $33.98 $70,680
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 30 0.05 0.61 $33.71 $70,120
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 40 0.06 0.70 $33.61 $69,900
Alexandria, LA (8) (8) (8) $33.39 $69,460
Knoxville, TN 100 0.27 3.19 $32.88 $68,380
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.52 $67,640

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.78 9.10 $34.14 $71,010
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.91 10.66 $36.15 $75,190
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 9.36 $28.38 $59,040
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 90 0.60 7.06 $24.36 $50,680
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.28 14.96 $40.69 $84,630

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 90 1.50 17.65 (8) (8)
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.50 17.59 $19.59 $40,750
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.40 16.43 $29.55 $61,460
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.33 15.63 $25.14 $52,290
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.28 14.96 $40.69 $84,630

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.28 14.96 $40.69 $84,630
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 7.22 $37.22 $77,430
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.91 10.66 $36.15 $75,190
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $34.74 $72,270
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.78 9.10 $34.14 $71,010


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