Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
41,350 2.9 % $31.29 $65,080 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.93 $25.65 $31.79 $36.64 $43.09
Annual Wage (2) $41,460 $53,350 $66,130 $76,210 $89,630


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)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 30,060 7.55 $31.57 $65,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,260 0.10 $31.24 $64,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 900 0.03 $22.17 $46,110
Natural Gas Distribution 800 0.75 $41.38 $86,070
State Government (OES Designation) 730 0.03 $25.97 $54,020

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 30,060 7.55 $31.57 $65,670
Natural Gas Distribution 800 0.75 $41.38 $86,070
Waste Treatment and Disposal 640 0.66 $28.45 $59,170
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 380 0.35 $28.54 $59,360
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 120 0.24 $32.06 $66,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 800 0.75 $41.38 $86,070
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $36.06 $75,000
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 120 0.24 $32.06 $66,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 270 0.01 $32.06 $66,680
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 30 0.01 $31.73 $66,010


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 4,280 0.30 0.94 $37.87 $78,770
Texas 3,320 0.31 0.99 $29.77 $61,910
Michigan 2,100 0.54 1.69 $30.19 $62,800
Pennsylvania 1,930 0.34 1.09 $29.89 $62,170
Illinois 1,920 0.34 1.07 $33.24 $69,150




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 630 1.97 6.21 $26.87 $55,890
Wyoming 380 1.37 4.31 $32.10 $66,780
North Dakota 340 0.83 2.62 $34.36 $71,470
Kansas 960 0.73 2.29 $27.44 $57,080
Michigan 2,100 0.54 1.69 $30.19 $62,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,280 0.30 0.94 $37.87 $78,770
Washington 490 0.18 0.56 $36.44 $75,800
Nevada 470 0.42 1.33 $36.42 $75,750
Hawaii 290 0.50 1.57 $36.34 $75,590
North Dakota 340 0.83 2.62 $34.36 $71,470





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 1,270 0.33 1.03 $40.49 $84,220
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.16 0.51 $34.46 $71,680
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 780 0.30 0.93 $32.92 $68,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 760 0.34 1.06 $29.31 $60,970
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 630 0.64 2.01 $31.32 $65,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 0.47 $35.10 $73,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.28 0.87 $38.84 $80,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 440 0.19 0.60 $32.74 $68,110
St. Louis, MO-IL 430 0.33 1.06 $34.69 $72,160
Pittsburgh, PA 400 0.36 1.13 $29.79 $61,960




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)
Farmington, NM 340 6.82 21.50 (8) (8)
Fairbanks, AK 90 2.55 8.05 $34.36 $71,460
Jefferson City, MO 110 1.64 5.15 $33.94 $70,600
Duluth, MN-WI 200 1.64 5.17 $30.94 $64,360
Redding, CA 70 1.26 3.96 $37.32 $77,620
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 320 1.18 3.73 $36.71 $76,350
Evansville, IN-KY 200 1.14 3.61 $32.42 $67,420
Anchorage, AK 190 1.08 3.39 $24.56 $51,090
Danville, VA 40 1.01 3.19 $25.99 $54,060
Merced, CA 60 0.95 3.00 $35.47 $73,780




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)
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $49.28 $102,510
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 270 0.33 1.03 $40.70 $84,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.33 1.03 $40.49 $84,220
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.13 $40.05 $83,310
Fresno, CA 110 0.36 1.12 $39.65 $82,460
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.18 $38.87 $80,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.28 0.87 $38.84 $80,790
Chico, CA 50 0.67 2.12 $38.38 $79,830
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 240 0.29 0.91 $38.27 $79,610
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.25 0.79 $37.74 $78,510

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 440 1.15 3.61 $28.45 $59,180
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 1.20 3.80 $28.91 $60,140
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 4.01 12.64 $25.87 $53,820
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 250 4.10 12.93 $34.84 $72,470
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 250 1.47 4.65 $29.07 $60,470

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)
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 250 4.10 12.93 $34.84 $72,470
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 4.01 12.64 $25.87 $53,820
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 2.38 7.51 $31.63 $65,780
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 2.19 6.92 $27.91 $58,050
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 80 2.14 6.73 $35.22 $73,260

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)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.52 1.65 $37.91 $78,840
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.85 5.82 $36.69 $76,310
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 230 1.61 5.06 $35.87 $74,610
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.61 $74,080
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 80 2.14 6.73 $35.22 $73,260


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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