Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
40,300 2.9 % $33.28 $69,220 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.22 $27.63 $33.69 $39.42 $45.22
Annual Wage (2) $44,130 $57,470 $70,070 $82,000 $94,060


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)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 29,350 7.53 $33.58 $69,840
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,060 0.10 $31.99 $66,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 830 0.03 $24.25 $50,450
State Government (OES Designation) 710 0.03 $29.93 $62,260
Natural Gas Distribution 670 0.61 $47.00 $97,760

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 29,350 7.53 $33.58 $69,840
Natural Gas Distribution 670 0.61 $47.00 $97,760
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 190 0.40 $34.42 $71,580
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 330 0.31 $32.41 $67,400
Waste Treatment and Disposal 280 0.30 $34.94 $72,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 670 0.61 $47.00 $97,760
Outpatient Care Centers (8) (8) $44.02 $91,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $39.27 $81,680
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $36.75 $76,430
Waste Treatment and Disposal 280 0.30 $34.94 $72,660


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 4,100 0.27 0.91 $39.34 $81,820
Texas 3,650 0.32 1.09 $31.79 $66,120
Pennsylvania 2,030 0.36 1.21 $32.92 $68,480
Michigan 1,970 0.48 1.62 $32.19 $66,950
New York 1,960 0.22 0.75 $32.89 $68,410




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 560 1.73 5.81 $30.55 $63,550
Wyoming 390 1.39 4.64 (8) (8)
Iowa 850 0.56 1.89 $29.59 $61,550
Alabama 1,000 0.54 1.80 $30.21 $62,850
Kansas 720 0.53 1.77 $29.95 $62,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 390 0.13 0.45 $40.97 $85,220
California 4,100 0.27 0.91 $39.34 $81,820
Hawaii 230 0.37 1.23 $37.24 $77,450
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $37.00 $76,970
Maine 290 0.50 1.69 $36.55 $76,020





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 1,220 0.30 1.01 $41.41 $86,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.19 0.64 $37.08 $77,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 970 0.34 1.15 $31.42 $65,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 620 0.26 0.87 $30.38 $63,200
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 540 0.53 1.79 $33.22 $69,090
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 530 0.28 0.95 $33.94 $70,600
Kansas City, MO-KS 490 0.48 1.62 $35.24 $73,310
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 480 0.96 3.23 $27.97 $58,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 460 0.37 1.23 $31.90 $66,350
St. Louis, MO-IL 440 0.34 1.14 $35.05 $72,910




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)
Manhattan, KS 100 2.05 6.89 $35.50 $73,840
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 260 1.82 6.12 $30.20 $62,810
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.33 4.47 $33.05 $68,750
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 140 1.21 4.05 $30.77 $64,000
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 80 1.17 3.92 (8) (8)
Lawrence, KS 50 1.04 3.50 $18.06 $37,570
Chico, CA 70 0.99 3.33 $46.33 $96,370
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 480 0.96 3.23 $27.97 $58,190
Worcester, MA-CT 220 0.89 3.00 $36.80 $76,540
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 220 0.82 2.75 $32.34 $67,260




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)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 230 0.26 0.88 $47.40 $98,590
Chico, CA 70 0.99 3.33 $46.33 $96,370
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.22 0.73 $45.91 $95,500
Fresno, CA 80 0.23 0.78 $42.74 $88,910
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.23 $42.30 $87,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 0.26 $41.72 $86,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.30 1.01 $41.41 $86,130
Redding, CA (8) (8) (8) $41.08 $85,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.14 0.46 $41.08 $85,440
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.04 0.15 $40.94 $85,140

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)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 460 2.80 9.38 $31.71 $65,960
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 410 1.45 4.87 $30.02 $62,440
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 340 4.45 14.93 $29.49 $61,340
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 330 1.88 6.32 $33.74 $70,190
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 310 0.81 2.71 $28.94 $60,190

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 340 4.45 14.93 $29.49 $61,340
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 460 2.80 9.38 $31.71 $65,960
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 2.67 8.94 $38.12 $79,280
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 2.46 8.26 $38.13 $79,310
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 2.04 6.82 $32.00 $66,560

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 30 0.82 2.74 $43.72 $90,930
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $41.17 $85,640
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.89 $80,890
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 1.73 5.79 $38.64 $80,380
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 1.56 $38.38 $79,840


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015