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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 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 Power Plant Operators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,390
25th Percentile Wage
$76,330
50th Percentile Wage
$96,130
75th Percentile Wage
$113,520
90th Percentile Wage
$127,490

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 $127,490. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $96,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,390.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$96,130
-0.57% 16.90%
2016
$96,680
12.09% -
2015
$84,990
7.14% -
2014
$78,920
0.73% -
2013
$78,340
-1.97% -
2012
$79,880
- -

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 $61,330 to $115,130. The highest paying area for power plant operators in California is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $115,130. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $109,680). The lowest paying area is Madera-Chowchilla with a median annual salary of $61,330.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$115,130
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$109,680
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$106,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$106,360
Stockton
$105,930
Fresno
$105,910
Modesto
$101,660
Chico
$101,290
Redding
$101,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$96,740
Bakersfield-Delano
$96,720
Merced
$92,520
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$87,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$84,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$83,870
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$83,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$82,060
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$77,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$76,040
El Centro
$69,960
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$61,910
Madera-Chowchilla
$61,330




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