Chemical Plant and System Operator Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for chemical plant and system operators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of chemical plant and system operators among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Chemical Plant and System Operators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,310
25th Percentile Wage
$41,060
50th Percentile Wage
$65,430
75th Percentile Wage
$83,460
90th Percentile Wage
$94,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemical plant and system operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $94,880. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $65,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,310.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chemical plant and system operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$65,430
16.83% 22.19%
2016
$54,420
1.36% -
2015
$53,680
-4.71% -
2014
$56,210
5.59% -
2013
$53,070
4.07% -
2012
$50,910
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Chemical Plant and System Operators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of chemical plant and system operators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of chemical plant and system operators in state of California ranges from $44,290 to $87,360. The highest paying area for chemical plant and system operators in California is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $87,360. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $74,600). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $44,290.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$87,360
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$74,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$74,040
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$69,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$67,890
Bakersfield-Delano
$61,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$59,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$58,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$54,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$47,370
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$44,290




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