Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
43,130 4.6 % $26.30 $54,700 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.47 $21.43 $26.68 $31.56 $35.20
Annual Wage (2) $36,340 $44,570 $55,490 $65,640 $73,220


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 18,440 12.89 $27.18 $56,540
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 8,240 9.07 $26.94 $56,030
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 5,700 15.80 $23.97 $49,860
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,170 2.83 $27.60 $57,400
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 1,700 0.60 $22.75 $47,310

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 5,700 15.80 $23.97 $49,860
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 18,440 12.89 $27.18 $56,540
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 8,240 9.07 $26.94 $56,030
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,170 2.83 $27.60 $57,400
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 1,640 1.97 $27.66 $57,530

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 1,640 1.97 $27.66 $57,530
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,170 2.83 $27.60 $57,400
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 18,440 12.89 $27.18 $56,540
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 8,240 9.07 $26.94 $56,030
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,040 0.94 $26.25 $54,610


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 9,820 0.97 2.87 $30.24 $62,890
Louisiana 4,060 2.22 6.53 $28.54 $59,370
South Carolina 1,970 1.13 3.32 $21.43 $44,570
Illinois 1,880 0.34 1.00 $24.86 $51,710
Pennsylvania 1,770 0.32 0.95 $25.04 $52,090




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 610 2.26 6.66 $30.58 $63,600
Louisiana 4,060 2.22 6.53 $28.54 $59,370
South Carolina 1,970 1.13 3.32 $21.43 $44,570
Texas 9,820 0.97 2.87 $30.24 $62,890
Mississippi 730 0.68 2.00 $23.00 $47,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 220 0.52 1.52 $32.56 $67,710
Wyoming 610 2.26 6.66 $30.58 $63,600
Texas 9,820 0.97 2.87 $30.24 $62,890
Washington 610 0.23 0.66 $29.55 $61,470
Connecticut 30 0.02 0.06 $29.17 $60,680

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 7,530 3.02 8.89 $30.48 $63,400
Baton Rouge, LA 1,600 4.51 13.30 $29.70 $61,780
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.34 0.99 $25.88 $53,820
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,070 2.12 6.26 $26.13 $54,350
Lake Charles, LA 910 10.45 30.78 $30.05 $62,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 770 0.43 1.25 $26.26 $54,620
Columbia, SC 730 2.20 6.48 $21.88 $45,510
Victoria, TX 700 15.02 44.27 $31.05 $64,590
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 660 1.13 3.33 $25.43 $52,900
Pittsburgh, PA 600 0.55 1.62 $24.95 $51,900




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 700 15.02 44.27 $31.05 $64,590
Lake Charles, LA 910 10.45 30.78 $30.05 $62,500
Cleveland, TN 230 6.47 19.07 $27.06 $56,280
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 400 6.13 18.06 $27.17 $56,520
Baton Rouge, LA 1,600 4.51 13.30 $29.70 $61,780
Spartanburg, SC 350 3.11 9.16 $19.15 $39,820
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,530 3.02 8.89 $30.48 $63,400
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 460 2.95 8.71 $31.61 $65,760
Decatur, AL 130 2.61 7.68 $25.33 $52,680
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 480 2.38 7.02 $27.32 $56,820




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.16 $32.80 $68,220
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 460 2.95 8.71 $31.61 $65,760
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 0.14 $31.11 $64,720
Victoria, TX 700 15.02 44.27 $31.05 $64,590
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,530 3.02 8.89 $30.48 $63,400
Lake Charles, LA 910 10.45 30.78 $30.05 $62,500
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 70 0.09 0.26 $29.82 $62,030
Baton Rouge, LA 1,600 4.51 13.30 $29.70 $61,780
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $28.05 $58,350
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.67 $57,550

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)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 560 4.50 13.27 $25.93 $53,930
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 480 2.18 6.42 $25.58 $53,210
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 280 2.08 6.13 $28.91 $60,140
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.72 2.12 $23.87 $49,640
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 260 1.80 5.30 $26.92 $56,000

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 4.50 13.27 $25.93 $53,930
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 480 2.18 6.42 $25.58 $53,210
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 280 2.08 6.13 $28.91 $60,140
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 260 1.80 5.30 $26.92 $56,000
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 1.18 3.48 $22.52 $46,850

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 280 2.08 6.13 $28.91 $60,140
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.66 $57,530
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 260 1.80 5.30 $26.92 $56,000
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 560 4.50 13.27 $25.93 $53,930
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.83 2.44 $25.82 $53,700


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011