Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
11,540 3.6 % $26.70 $55,530 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.34 $20.45 $26.70 $32.00 $37.23
Annual Wage (2) $31,900 $42,540 $55,540 $66,560 $77,450


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) 2,000 0.10 $29.74 $61,850
Local Government (OES Designation) 880 0.02 $24.93 $51,840
Waste Treatment and Disposal 830 0.88 $27.76 $57,730
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 770 0.69 $26.13 $54,350
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 730 0.40 $23.36 $48,580

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 0.88 $27.76 $57,730
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 770 0.69 $26.13 $54,350
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 170 0.59 $27.26 $56,700
Metal Ore Mining 250 0.57 $27.20 $56,570
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 730 0.40 $23.36 $48,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 160 0.14 $41.34 $85,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $35.08 $72,970
Oil and Gas Extraction 260 0.13 $32.59 $67,780
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 500 0.13 $31.02 $64,510
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,000 0.10 $29.74 $61,850


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)
Louisiana 1,290 0.67 7.94 $24.94 $51,870
California 990 0.06 0.77 $32.89 $68,420
Texas 660 0.06 0.68 $25.98 $54,040
Arizona 480 0.19 2.23 $22.07 $45,900
Kentucky 410 0.22 2.68 $33.46 $69,590



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 1,290 0.67 7.94 $24.94 $51,870
Wyoming 190 0.65 7.81 $21.96 $45,680
Alaska 190 0.58 6.97 $35.05 $72,910
Montana 140 0.32 3.87 $27.53 $57,260
Maine 160 0.27 3.25 $18.24 $37,940



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 190 0.58 6.97 $35.05 $72,910
Kentucky 410 0.22 2.68 $33.46 $69,590
California 990 0.06 0.77 $32.89 $68,420
Alabama 80 0.04 0.53 $32.79 $68,210
Tennessee 320 0.11 1.36 $32.20 $66,980




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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 320 0.17 2.05 $22.26 $46,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 1.18 (8) (8)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 240 2.45 29.27 $18.05 $37,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 0.95 $26.41 $54,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.11 1.30 $22.85 $47,540
Lafayette, LA 170 0.80 9.53 $29.37 $61,090
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 160 0.30 3.58 $23.71 $49,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.44 $28.55 $59,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.06 0.66 $26.74 $55,620
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.02 0.24 $30.89 $64,250



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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 240 2.45 29.27 $18.05 $37,550
Lafayette, LA 170 0.80 9.53 $29.37 $61,090
Bangor, ME 40 0.62 7.38 $21.57 $44,860
Chico, CA 40 0.50 5.91 $34.56 $71,880
Bellingham, WA 40 0.49 5.87 $26.65 $55,430
Kennewick-Richland, WA 40 0.38 4.48 $32.19 $66,950
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 50 0.30 3.58 $20.22 $42,060
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 160 0.30 3.58 $23.71 $49,310
Baton Rouge, LA 110 0.29 3.42 $27.40 $56,980
Colorado Springs, CO 70 0.27 3.21 $23.20 $48,250



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 40 0.04 0.45 $40.07 $83,350
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.38 $37.97 $78,970
Knoxville, TN 70 0.19 2.21 $35.83 $74,530
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.06 0.78 $35.36 $73,560
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 1.24 $34.94 $72,670
Chico, CA 40 0.50 5.91 $34.56 $71,880
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 40 0.06 0.75 $34.47 $71,700
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 3.01 $33.83 $70,360
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 0.49 $33.76 $70,220
Alexandria, LA (8) (8) (8) $32.46 $67,510

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 1.17 13.97 $22.25 $46,280
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 9.99 $33.91 $70,530
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.64 19.61 $36.52 $75,960
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 3.03 36.14 $27.67 $57,560
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 100 0.68 8.13 $23.96 $49,840

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)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 3.03 36.14 $27.67 $57,560
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.64 19.61 $36.52 $75,960
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.34 15.98 (8) (8)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 1.17 13.97 $22.25 $46,280
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 10.62 $29.09 $60,510

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.64 19.61 $36.52 $75,960
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.32 $75,540
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 6.97 $34.27 $71,280
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 9.99 $33.91 $70,530
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $32.42 $67,440


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