Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
10,870 3.3 % $25.00 $52,010 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.19 $19.27 $24.99 $30.16 $34.27
Annual Wage (2) $31,600 $40,070 $51,980 $62,740 $71,290


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) 2,220 0.11 $28.38 $59,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,420 0.03 $24.34 $50,630
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 850 0.76 $24.97 $51,930
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 550 0.31 $22.12 $46,010
Waste Treatment and Disposal 530 0.55 $23.43 $48,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 850 0.76 $24.97 $51,930
Waste Treatment and Disposal 530 0.55 $23.43 $48,740
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 470 0.52 $20.84 $43,350
Natural Gas Distribution 410 0.38 $35.47 $73,780
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 550 0.31 $22.12 $46,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 120 0.08 $36.92 $76,800
Natural Gas Distribution 410 0.38 $35.47 $73,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $33.92 $70,560
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 30 0.03 $28.95 $60,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,220 0.11 $28.38 $59,040


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)
California 1,670 0.12 1.40 $29.46 $61,270
Virginia 710 0.20 2.35 $23.49 $48,870
Michigan 710 0.19 2.20 $24.76 $51,500
Texas 530 0.05 0.61 $22.37 $46,520
Louisiana 500 0.27 3.20 $22.93 $47,690




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 140 0.51 5.96 $19.43 $40,410
Alaska 150 0.50 5.86 $36.07 $75,020
Louisiana 500 0.27 3.20 $22.93 $47,690
Montana 110 0.25 2.92 $25.30 $52,620
Virginia 710 0.20 2.35 $23.49 $48,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 150 0.50 5.86 $36.07 $75,020
Idaho 80 0.14 1.59 $32.79 $68,210
Illinois 150 0.03 0.33 $29.97 $62,330
California 1,670 0.12 1.40 $29.46 $61,270
Tennessee 320 0.12 1.45 $29.17 $60,680

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 1.01 $28.20 $58,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.53 $28.79 $59,880
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.40 4.72 $22.34 $46,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 210 0.19 2.18 $24.27 $50,490
San Antonio, TX 150 0.18 2.15 $20.30 $42,220
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 150 0.19 2.16 $30.15 $62,720
Denver-Aurora, CO 120 0.10 1.22 $24.23 $50,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 110 0.05 0.53 $24.25 $50,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.02 0.26 $30.29 $63,000
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.09 1.03 $29.36 $61,070




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)
Yakima, WA 70 0.84 9.82 $26.66 $55,450
Harrisonburg, VA 50 0.81 9.49 $17.85 $37,120
Clarksville, TN-KY 60 0.79 9.26 $30.66 $63,770
Merced, CA 40 0.64 7.48 $29.84 $62,070
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.40 4.72 $22.34 $46,480
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.38 4.49 $21.94 $45,640
Anchorage, AK 50 0.33 3.82 $28.15 $58,540
Bakersfield, CA 70 0.30 3.46 $29.71 $61,800
Honolulu, HI 100 0.24 2.75 $25.39 $52,820
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 100 0.20 2.35 $24.07 $50,060




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.39 $37.79 $78,600
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 1.23 $36.79 $76,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.08 0.98 $35.00 $72,810
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.36 $31.97 $66,490
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 40 0.07 0.82 $30.84 $64,150
Clarksville, TN-KY 60 0.79 9.26 $30.66 $63,770
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $30.49 $63,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.02 0.26 $30.29 $63,000
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 150 0.19 2.16 $30.15 $62,720
Merced, CA 40 0.64 7.48 $29.84 $62,070

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 160 1.12 13.13 $29.63 $61,620
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 0.93 10.88 $23.50 $48,880
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 4.63 $18.29 $38,030
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 4.47 $17.20 $35,780
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 8.00 $52.54 $109,280

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)
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.30 15.19 $18.89 $39,300
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.12 13.13 $29.63 $61,620
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 0.93 10.88 $23.50 $48,880
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.74 8.68 $27.08 $56,330
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 8.00 $52.54 $109,280

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 8.00 $52.54 $109,280
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.12 13.13 $29.63 $61,620
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.74 8.68 $27.08 $56,330
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.26 $50,470
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 0.93 10.88 $23.50 $48,880


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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