Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-8013 Power Plant Operators

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


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)
39,980 2.8 % $30.97 $64,420 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.95 $25.27 $31.38 $36.28 $42.68
Annual Wage (2) $41,500 $52,560 $65,280 $75,460 $88,770


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)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 29,730 7.51 $31.41 $65,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,710 0.09 $30.66 $63,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 890 0.03 $22.25 $46,280
Natural Gas Distribution 720 0.66 $37.70 $78,430
State Government (OES Designation) 700 0.03 $26.62 $55,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 29,730 7.51 $31.41 $65,330
Natural Gas Distribution 720 0.66 $37.70 $78,430
Waste Treatment and Disposal 440 0.46 $27.45 $57,100
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 340 0.31 $27.27 $56,720
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 130 0.27 $27.86 $57,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 720 0.66 $37.70 $78,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 160 0.02 $35.98 $74,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 640 0.03 $35.05 $72,910
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 29,730 7.51 $31.41 $65,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,710 0.09 $30.66 $63,760


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 3,370 0.24 0.77 $38.73 $80,570
Texas 3,130 0.30 0.98 $30.19 $62,790
Illinois 2,430 0.44 1.40 $33.94 $70,590
Pennsylvania 1,980 0.36 1.14 $29.07 $60,460
Florida 1,690 0.24 0.76 $29.90 $62,190




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)
Alaska 530 1.70 5.46 $24.52 $51,010
Wyoming 410 1.52 4.86 $29.88 $62,150
North Dakota 360 0.97 3.10 $33.47 $69,610
Vermont 240 0.82 2.64 $29.26 $60,850
Alabama 1,190 0.66 2.11 $27.90 $58,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,370 0.24 0.77 $38.73 $80,570
Washington 580 0.21 0.68 $37.13 $77,220
Hawaii 310 0.54 1.73 $35.61 $74,070
Nevada 380 0.34 1.11 $34.75 $72,280
Delaware 120 0.31 0.98 $34.58 $71,920





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,150 0.45 1.44 $31.78 $66,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.28 0.89 $41.02 $85,330
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 850 0.24 0.76 $35.79 $74,450
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 820 0.16 0.52 $35.94 $74,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 620 0.28 0.89 $28.62 $59,530
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 590 0.61 1.95 $29.57 $61,510
St. Louis, MO-IL 520 0.41 1.33 $31.48 $65,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.25 0.81 $28.70 $59,700
Evansville, IN-KY 430 2.51 8.07 $30.04 $62,490
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 410 0.34 1.10 $33.23 $69,120




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)
Evansville, IN-KY 430 2.51 8.07 $30.04 $62,490
Fairbanks, AK 80 2.25 7.21 $34.22 $71,180
Danville, VA 60 1.49 4.79 $24.45 $50,850
Duluth, MN-WI 170 1.40 4.48 $33.48 $69,650
Redding, CA 70 1.28 4.09 $35.34 $73,520
Jefferson City, MO 90 1.26 4.05 (8) (8)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 280 1.10 3.52 $39.32 $81,790
Johnstown, PA 60 0.98 3.13 $29.62 $61,600
Corpus Christi, TX 170 0.97 3.11 $32.09 $66,740
Montgomery, AL 150 0.94 3.01 $28.36 $58,990




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 Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 320 0.26 0.83 $41.63 $86,580
Chico, CA 40 0.52 1.67 $41.30 $85,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.28 0.89 $41.02 $85,330
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 280 1.10 3.52 $39.32 $81,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.13 0.42 $38.60 $80,280
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 0.29 0.94 $38.28 $79,620
Merced, CA 50 0.90 2.89 $36.97 $76,900
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $36.82 $76,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.22 0.71 $36.77 $76,490
Syracuse, NY 130 0.45 1.43 $36.71 $76,360

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 370 5.12 16.42 $22.61 $47,030
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 300 0.78 2.50 $24.42 $50,800
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 280 4.98 15.99 $33.88 $70,470
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 1.77 5.68 $33.10 $68,840
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 1.38 4.44 $31.53 $65,590

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 370 5.12 16.42 $22.61 $47,030
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 280 4.98 15.99 $33.88 $70,470
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 3.81 12.22 $32.16 $66,890
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.96 6.29 $31.21 $64,920
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 1.77 5.68 $33.10 $68,840

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.30 4.16 $37.17 $77,310
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.21 3.89 $36.32 $75,540
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.91 2.92 $35.50 $73,850
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.60 1.91 $34.84 $72,470
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 1.69 5.41 $34.21 $71,150


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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