Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-8013 Power Plant Operators

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Include auxiliary equipment operators. Exclude "Nuclear Power Reactor Operators" (51-8011).

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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)
34,390 2.9 % $23.61 $49,110 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.04 $19.28 $24.00 $28.22 $32.67
Annual Wage (2) $31,290 $40,090 $49,920 $58,690 $67,950

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 20,150 $24.92 $51,840 1 5
Local government (OES designation) 7,380 $21.54 $44,810 2 10
Natural gas distribution 960 $25.58 $53,210 3 4
State government (OES designation) 860 $20.00 $41,600 4 12
Colleges and universities 720 $16.68 $34,700 5 17

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing (6) $28.58 $59,450 (6) 1
Architectural and engineering services (6) $26.26 $54,620 (6) 2
Commercial machinery repair and maintenance (6) $26.20 $54,490 (6) 3
Natural gas distribution 960 $25.58 $53,210 3 4
Power generation and supply 20,150 $24.92 $51,840 1 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
West Virginia 760 $23.37 $48,620 0.111% 94
Alaska 290 $26.22 $54,530 0.101% 110
Louisiana 1,430 $22.73 $47,280 0.078% 127
Hawaii 360 $25.33 $52,680 0.065% 104
North Dakota 200 $24.61 $51,200 0.064% 51

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 1,930 $27.66 $57,540 0.023% 158
Idaho 280 $26.73 $55,600 0.050% 56
Washington 340 $26.70 $55,540 0.013% 135
Alaska 290 $26.22 $54,530 0.101% 110
Arkansas 360 $25.59 $53,230 0.032% 65

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Redding, CA MSA 80 $24.57 $51,110 0.124%
Pine Bluff, AR MSA 40 $27.49 $57,190 0.119%
Merced, CA MSA 50 $26.64 $55,420 0.083%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA MSA 200 $24.29 $50,530 0.073%
Danville, VA MSA 30 $18.08 $37,610 0.068%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Ann Arbor, MI PMSA (6) $33.22 $69,100 (6)
New York, NY PMSA 650 $29.68 $61,740 0.016%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 100 $28.98 $60,270 0.014%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 130 $28.91 $60,140 0.013%
Syracuse, NY MSA 200 $28.07 $58,390 0.060%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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