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Power Plant Operator Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for power plant operators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of power plant operators among California metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,230
25th Percentile Wage
$75,550
50th Percentile Wage
$96,680
75th Percentile Wage
$114,070
90th Percentile Wage
$127,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power 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 $127,420. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $96,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,230.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24.15
25th Percentile Wage
$36.32
50th Percentile Wage
$46.48
75th Percentile Wage
$54.84
90th Percentile Wage
$61.26

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for power plant operators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $61.26. The median hourly salary is $46.48. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24.15.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of power plant operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201696,68012.09%17.38%
201584,9907.14%-
201478,9200.73%-
201378,340-1.97%-
201279,880--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Power Plant Operators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of power plant operators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of power plant operators in state of California ranges from $58,950 to $107,720. The highest paying area for power plant operators in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $107,720. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $106,030). The lowest paying area is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos with a median annual salary of $58,950.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$107,720
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$106,030
Stockton
$105,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$104,350
Fresno
$103,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$102,820
Redding
$101,160
Chico
$100,650
Merced
$100,010
Bakersfield-Delano
$95,540
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$85,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$83,870
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$83,480
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$73,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$71,220
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$58,950


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