Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
35,020 4.8 % $28.40 $59,070 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.35 $22.48 $28.52 $34.68 $38.93
Annual Wage (2) $36,090 $46,760 $59,320 $72,130 $80,970


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 14,130 9.51 $29.50 $61,360
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,410 6.91 $29.71 $61,800
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 4,170 11.27 $28.81 $59,920
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,300 1.17 $24.53 $51,020
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,990 2.44 $25.86 $53,800

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 4,170 11.27 $28.81 $59,920
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,130 9.51 $29.50 $61,360
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,410 6.91 $29.71 $61,800
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,990 2.44 $25.86 $53,800
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,640 1.48 $31.10 $64,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 50 0.01 $33.28 $69,220
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,640 1.48 $31.10 $64,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $29.94 $62,270
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,410 6.91 $29.71 $61,800
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,130 9.51 $29.50 $61,360


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 5,560 0.48 1.89 $32.69 $68,000
Louisiana 4,400 2.27 8.93 $33.89 $70,490
Ohio 2,340 0.44 1.74 $23.03 $47,900
Illinois 1,860 0.32 1.25 $26.77 $55,690
Pennsylvania 1,580 0.28 1.09 $25.80 $53,660




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 4,400 2.27 8.93 $33.89 $70,490
Wyoming 290 1.02 4.01 $33.90 $70,520
Mississippi 810 0.73 2.89 $28.69 $59,670
South Carolina 1,280 0.67 2.62 $21.76 $45,250
West Virginia 440 0.62 2.43 $29.24 $60,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $33.93 $70,570
Wyoming 290 1.02 4.01 $33.90 $70,520
Louisiana 4,400 2.27 8.93 $33.89 $70,490
Texas 5,560 0.48 1.89 $32.69 $68,000
Nebraska 110 0.12 0.46 $31.59 $65,710





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,510 1.20 4.71 $32.04 $66,640
Baton Rouge, LA 2,150 5.49 21.61 $34.40 $71,550
Lake Charles, LA 1,020 10.50 41.36 $33.36 $69,380
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 920 1.65 6.50 $34.96 $72,730
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 880 5.31 20.91 $37.06 $77,090
Pittsburgh, PA 640 0.56 2.21 $27.75 $57,730
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 600 0.58 2.30 $24.95 $51,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 560 0.23 0.89 $28.06 $58,360
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 460 0.77 3.03 $25.69 $53,440
St. Louis, MO-IL 450 0.34 1.34 $27.59 $57,390




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)
Lake Charles, LA 1,020 10.50 41.36 $33.36 $69,380
Baton Rouge, LA 2,150 5.49 21.61 $34.40 $71,550
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 880 5.31 20.91 $37.06 $77,090
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 440 3.00 11.83 $27.35 $56,890
Spartanburg, SC 260 1.89 7.45 $20.21 $42,050
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 920 1.65 6.50 $34.96 $72,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,510 1.20 4.71 $32.04 $66,640
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.18 4.63 $34.05 $70,820
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 150 0.91 3.58 $28.52 $59,320
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 380 0.86 3.41 $27.64 $57,490




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 880 5.31 20.91 $37.06 $77,090
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 920 1.65 6.50 $34.96 $72,730
Baton Rouge, LA 2,150 5.49 21.61 $34.40 $71,550
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.18 4.63 $34.05 $70,820
Lake Charles, LA 1,020 10.50 41.36 $33.36 $69,380
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $32.49 $67,590
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 100 0.21 0.83 $32.43 $67,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.38 $32.16 $66,890
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,510 1.20 4.71 $32.04 $66,640
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 130 0.50 1.98 $31.67 $65,880

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 330 2.14 8.44 $30.73 $63,920
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 1.19 4.67 $21.35 $44,420
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 1.09 4.30 $25.17 $52,350
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.85 3.33 $22.54 $46,890
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 110 1.58 6.22 $22.02 $45,810

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 Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 330 2.14 8.44 $30.73 $63,920
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 110 1.58 6.22 $22.02 $45,810
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 1.19 4.67 $21.35 $44,420
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 1.09 4.30 $25.17 $52,350
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.85 3.33 $22.54 $46,890

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 330 2.14 8.44 $30.73 $63,920
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 1.31 $29.61 $61,590
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 1.87 $29.12 $60,580
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.53 $57,270
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.22 $54,550


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016