Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-8091 Chemical Plant and System Operators

Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.


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)
38,170 3.7 % $26.03 $54,150 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.86 $20.26 $26.15 $32.27 $36.24
Annual Wage (2) $33,000 $42,150 $54,390 $67,110 $75,380


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 15,950 11.13 $26.62 $55,360
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,620 8.34 $26.58 $55,280
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 5,830 16.16 $24.58 $51,120
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,610 0.97 $23.21 $48,270
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,940 2.30 $30.20 $62,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 5,830 16.16 $24.58 $51,120
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 15,950 11.13 $26.62 $55,360
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,620 8.34 $26.58 $55,280
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,940 2.30 $30.20 $62,810
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,270 1.14 $24.77 $51,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,940 2.30 $30.20 $62,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 190 0.03 $27.51 $57,220
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 690 0.64 $26.89 $55,940
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 15,950 11.13 $26.62 $55,360
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 7,620 8.34 $26.58 $55,280


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)
Texas 6,820 0.64 2.20 $32.69 $68,000
Louisiana 3,750 2.01 6.86 $28.79 $59,880
South Carolina 2,240 1.25 4.25 $21.44 $44,600
Ohio 2,030 0.40 1.37 $21.95 $45,650
Illinois 1,780 0.31 1.07 $25.57 $53,190




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)
Louisiana 3,750 2.01 6.86 $28.79 $59,880
South Carolina 2,240 1.25 4.25 $21.44 $44,600
Alabama 1,310 0.72 2.45 $24.95 $51,890
West Virginia 500 0.71 2.42 $27.18 $56,530
Wyoming 200 0.70 2.40 $31.10 $64,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,820 0.64 2.20 $32.69 $68,000
Wyoming 200 0.70 2.40 $31.10 $64,690
Montana 210 0.49 1.68 $29.57 $61,500
Utah (8) (8) (8) $29.38 $61,100
Delaware 110 0.27 0.91 $29.37 $61,090





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 4,490 1.70 5.80 $32.94 $68,510
Baton Rouge, LA 2,310 6.40 21.83 $32.22 $67,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 780 0.21 0.73 $24.25 $50,430
Lake Charles, LA 730 8.30 28.32 $21.69 $45,110
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 670 9.86 33.64 $27.82 $57,870
Victoria, TX 620 12.45 42.51 $31.60 $65,730
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 550 0.56 1.90 $24.35 $50,650
Pittsburgh, PA 540 0.48 1.64 $22.08 $45,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 490 0.27 0.92 $22.14 $46,060
Columbia, SC 460 1.35 4.60 $18.75 $38,990




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)
Victoria, TX 620 12.45 42.51 $31.60 $65,730
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 670 9.86 33.64 $27.82 $57,870
Lake Charles, LA 730 8.30 28.32 $21.69 $45,110
Baton Rouge, LA 2,310 6.40 21.83 $32.22 $67,020
Cleveland, TN 230 6.27 21.40 $27.77 $57,770
Decatur, AL 190 3.67 12.52 $25.36 $52,740
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 370 1.84 6.27 $28.97 $60,260
Spartanburg, SC 200 1.77 6.03 $21.82 $45,390
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,490 1.70 5.80 $32.94 $68,510
Columbia, SC 460 1.35 4.60 $18.75 $38,990




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,490 1.70 5.80 $32.94 $68,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.31 $67,210
Baton Rouge, LA 2,310 6.40 21.83 $32.22 $67,020
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.04 $66,640
Victoria, TX 620 12.45 42.51 $31.60 $65,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.04 0.13 $30.16 $62,730
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 370 1.84 6.27 $28.97 $60,260
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 210 0.41 1.40 $28.71 $59,710
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.66 $59,610
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 670 9.86 33.64 $27.82 $57,870

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 680 2.38 8.11 $22.79 $47,410
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 560 4.52 15.42 $26.68 $55,500
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.10 7.18 $27.73 $57,690
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 230 2.14 7.29 $17.19 $35,760
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.52 5.18 $29.66 $61,690

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 Alabama nonmetropolitan area 560 4.52 15.42 $26.68 $55,500
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 680 2.38 8.11 $22.79 $47,410
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 230 2.14 7.29 $17.19 $35,760
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.10 7.18 $27.73 $57,690
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.52 5.18 $29.66 $61,690

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.52 5.18 $29.66 $61,690
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.94 $28.77 $59,830
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.42 1.42 $27.93 $58,090
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.10 7.18 $27.73 $57,690
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 1.29 $26.73 $55,600


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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