Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
11,710 3.0 % $25.32 $52,660 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.89 $18.91 $25.55 $31.20 $35.61
Annual Wage (2) $28,890 $39,320 $53,130 $64,900 $74,060


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) 2,110 0.10 $28.95 $60,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,180 0.02 $23.60 $49,090
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 1,030 0.61 $21.64 $45,000
Waste Treatment and Disposal 830 0.85 $23.67 $49,230
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 810 0.73 $24.09 $50,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 830 0.85 $23.67 $49,230
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 810 0.73 $24.09 $50,100
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 1,030 0.61 $21.64 $45,000
Natural Gas Distribution 420 0.40 $37.59 $78,190
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 310 0.33 $20.78 $43,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 420 0.40 $37.59 $78,190
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 700 0.18 $30.93 $64,340
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 250 0.27 $29.75 $61,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,110 0.10 $28.95 $60,220
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $28.62 $59,530


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 1,470 0.10 1.15 $30.99 $64,470
Texas 1,030 0.10 1.08 $22.11 $45,990
Washington 540 0.20 2.18 $24.04 $50,010
Florida 510 0.07 0.79 $21.77 $45,270
Tennessee 490 0.19 2.07 $25.94 $53,950




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 0.52 5.74 $23.32 $48,500
West Virginia 250 0.36 3.99 $22.29 $46,360
New Mexico 220 0.28 3.11 $31.00 $64,490
Montana 90 0.21 2.28 $25.71 $53,470
Louisiana 400 0.21 2.39 $26.80 $55,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.15 1.71 $35.60 $74,040
New Jersey 430 0.11 1.26 $31.50 $65,510
Georgia 160 0.04 0.45 $31.13 $64,740
New Mexico 220 0.28 3.11 $31.00 $64,490
California 1,470 0.10 1.15 $30.99 $64,470





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 370 0.14 1.57 $19.36 $40,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.31 $29.31 $60,960
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 0.69 $19.08 $39,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 0.63 $30.44 $63,320
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 180 0.26 2.88 $23.80 $49,500
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 160 0.31 3.40 $32.35 $67,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.09 0.97 $26.84 $55,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 150 0.09 0.96 $19.57 $40,720
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 0.29 $30.50 $63,440
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.13 1.43 $24.62 $51,210




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)
Clarksville, TN-KY 60 0.74 8.21 $33.15 $68,940
Bangor, ME 30 0.49 5.44 $19.53 $40,610
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.42 4.66 $21.59 $44,910
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 100 0.37 4.12 $29.36 $61,060
Charleston, WV 50 0.35 3.88 $22.71 $47,240
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 160 0.31 3.40 $32.35 $67,280
Reno-Sparks, NV 50 0.27 3.04 $27.26 $56,700
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 180 0.26 2.88 $23.80 $49,500
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.25 2.78 $26.57 $55,270
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.23 2.53 $20.06 $41,720




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)
Fresno, CA 60 0.18 2.05 $37.37 $77,730
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 1.36 $36.32 $75,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 1.06 $34.76 $72,300
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 100 0.12 1.30 $34.74 $72,260
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.43 $33.52 $69,720
Clarksville, TN-KY 60 0.74 8.21 $33.15 $68,940
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $33.12 $68,900
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 160 0.31 3.40 $32.35 $67,280
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $31.48 $65,480
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 120 0.20 2.23 $30.59 $63,630

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.71 7.96 $23.74 $49,380
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.92 10.18 $31.64 $65,820
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 9.54 $25.77 $53,600
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 5.98 $20.82 $43,310
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 5.02 $18.68 $38,860

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 1.34 14.94 $17.93 $37,290
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.25 13.92 $25.36 $52,750
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.92 10.18 $31.64 $65,820
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 9.54 $25.77 $53,600
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.71 7.96 $23.74 $49,380

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.06 $68,770
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.92 10.18 $31.64 $65,820
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 9.54 $25.77 $53,600
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.25 13.92 $25.36 $52,750
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 2.12 $24.37 $50,690


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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