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Gas Plant Operator Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for gas plant operators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of gas plant operators amongst California areas 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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Gas Plant Operators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$96,000
75th Percentile Wage
$81,150
50th Percentile Wage
$73,670
25th Percentile Wage
$67,550
10th Percentile Wage
$63,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for gas plant operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $96,000. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $73,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $63,880.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$46.16
75th Percentile Wage
$39.02
50th Percentile Wage
$35.42
25th Percentile Wage
$32.47
10th Percentile Wage
$30.71

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for gas plant operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $46.16. The median hourly salary is $35.42. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30.71.

Table 3. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $73,670 1.56%
2013 $72,540 -2.72%
2012 $74,570 6.13%
2011 $70,260 5.09%
2010 $66,860 -

Table 3 shows the salary trend for gas plant operators in state of California from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 10.19%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -2.72%.We also note that the average annual wage had a sizable growth of 6.13% in the year 2012 and a sizable increase of 5.09% in 2011.

Table 4. Average Gas Plant Operator Wage in California vs. Related Jobs

Table 5. Median Annual Salary of Gas Plant Operators in California Cities

Table 5 shows the median annual salary of gas plant operators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of gas plant operators in state of California ranges from $59,200 to $77,100. The highest paying area for gas plant operators in California is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $77,100. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Bakersfield-Delano (mean annual salary $75,950). The lowest paying area is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $59,200.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$77,100
Bakersfield-Delano
$75,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$72,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$72,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$71,680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$59,200

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