Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
11,390 3.3 % $26.10 $54,300 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.50 $19.93 $26.19 $31.70 $36.23
Annual Wage (2) $30,160 $41,450 $54,470 $65,940 $75,350


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 0.11 $29.27 $60,870
Waste Treatment and Disposal 920 0.95 $26.04 $54,170
Local Government (OES Designation) 910 0.02 $22.92 $47,680
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 690 0.18 $31.36 $65,230
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 680 0.61 $23.92 $49,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 920 0.95 $26.04 $54,170
Metal Ore Mining 290 0.65 $25.08 $52,160
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 680 0.61 $23.92 $49,760
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 120 0.42 $27.92 $58,070
Natural Gas Distribution 420 0.39 $38.53 $80,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 80 0.02 $47.67 $99,150
Natural Gas Distribution 420 0.39 $38.53 $80,150
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $33.79 $70,290
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil (8) (8) $33.40 $69,460
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 690 0.18 $31.36 $65,230


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 1,070 0.07 0.84 $31.70 $65,930
Texas 810 0.07 0.86 $24.11 $50,150
New Jersey 480 0.13 1.47 $30.93 $64,340
Washington 480 0.17 1.97 $26.46 $55,050
Tennessee 470 0.17 2.04 $26.01 $54,110




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)
Montana 230 0.51 5.97 $25.38 $52,780
Wyoming 130 0.45 5.28 $24.53 $51,020
Maine 210 0.35 4.12 $16.26 $33,830
Alaska 110 0.35 4.11 $32.12 $66,810
West Virginia 230 0.33 3.83 $22.36 $46,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 240 0.31 3.56 $32.44 $67,480
Alabama 100 0.05 0.63 $32.43 $67,440
Alaska 110 0.35 4.11 $32.12 $66,810
California 1,070 0.07 0.84 $31.70 $65,930
New Jersey 480 0.13 1.47 $30.93 $64,340





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 360 0.13 1.52 $20.99 $43,670
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 290 0.08 0.91 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 270 0.12 1.35 $29.01 $60,350
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 240 0.74 8.66 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 210 0.12 1.37 $18.14 $37,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 190 0.10 1.20 $26.58 $55,280
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 150 0.28 3.22 $37.16 $77,290
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 140 0.11 1.29 $22.77 $47,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.13 1.55 $24.40 $50,750
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 130 0.17 1.98 (8) (8)




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)
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 40 0.75 8.71 $27.98 $58,190
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 240 0.74 8.66 (8) (8)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 80 0.49 5.65 $35.01 $72,830
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 40 0.40 4.66 $31.09 $64,660
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 90 0.32 3.67 $25.86 $53,790
Charleston, WV 50 0.31 3.63 $23.45 $48,770
Anchorage, AK 50 0.29 3.38 $35.41 $73,640
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 150 0.28 3.22 $37.16 $77,290
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 50 0.27 3.09 $17.00 $35,360
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.27 3.15 $26.84 $55,820




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.10 $38.75 $80,600
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 150 0.28 3.22 $37.16 $77,290
Anchorage, AK 50 0.29 3.38 $35.41 $73,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.04 0.42 $35.11 $73,030
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 80 0.49 5.65 $35.01 $72,830
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.37 $34.06 $70,840
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $32.32 $67,220
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.02 0.28 $31.18 $64,860
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 40 0.40 4.66 $31.09 $64,660
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 80 0.13 1.49 $30.72 $63,910

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 130 0.90 10.51 $32.37 $67,340
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.60 7.00 (8) (8)
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.62 7.26 $20.81 $43,280
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.85 9.86 $26.61 $55,350
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 5.83 $21.03 $43,750

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 1.43 16.67 $17.51 $36,430
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.90 10.51 $32.37 $67,340
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.85 9.86 $26.61 $55,350
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 8.65 (8) (8)
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.62 7.26 $20.81 $43,280

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) $33.87 $70,460
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.90 10.51 $32.37 $67,340
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.95 $64,370
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.85 9.86 $26.61 $55,350
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.42 $54,950


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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