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Highest Paying Industries for Power Plant Operators

The top 58 highest paying industries for power plant operators (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $105,740, transportation and warehousing is the highest paying industry for power plant operators. It is followed by natural gas distribution industry (average annual salary $100,860). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of power plant operators in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 58 Highest Paying Industries for Power Plant Operators

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Transportation and Warehousing
$105,740
30
2 Natural Gas Distribution
$100,860
670
3 Outpatient Care Centers
$95,860
n/a
4 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$81,180
n/a
5 Utility System Construction
$81,180
n/a
6 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$81,180
n/a
7 Construction
$81,180
n/a
8 Federal government, including USPS
$79,580
540
9 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$79,580
540
10 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$75,280
190
11 Utilities
$71,260
30,210
12 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$70,980
n/a
13 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$70,920
29,350
14 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$70,830
280
15 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$70,800
280
16 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,620
440
17 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$69,440
330
18 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$69,010
230
19 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$68,890
50
20 Paper Manufacturing
$68,830
340
21 Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,360
910
22 Temporary Help Services
$67,350
130
23 Employment Services
$67,350
130
24 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$66,550
6,310
25 Federal, State, and Local Government
$66,550
6,310
26 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$66,010
580
27 Hospitals - Privately owned
$66,010
580
28 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,960
180
29 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$65,660
600
30 Administrative and Support Services
$65,260
160
31 Mining
$65,040
80
32 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$65,030
5,060
33 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$64,900
5,100
34 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$64,410
650
35 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$63,830
7,070
36 Food Manufacturing
$60,630
110
37 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$60,400
n/a
38 Engineering Services
$60,380
n/a
39 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$60,280
n/a
40 Manufacturing
$60,170
800
41 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$57,390
180
42 Educational Services - Privately owned
$57,390
180
43 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$57,260
710
44 Chemical Manufacturing
$56,450
180
45 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$54,350
n/a
46 Repair and Maintenance
$54,350
n/a
47 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,350
n/a
48 State government, including schools and hospitals
$51,950
1,430
49 Educational Services
$48,740
850
50 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$48,490
830
51 Sawmills and Wood Preservation
$48,190
50
52 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$48,120
30
53 Educational Services - State government owned
$47,380
670
54 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$47,030
650
55 Wood Product Manufacturing
$46,400
50
56 Hospitals - State government owned
$46,020
50
57 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$45,520
50
58 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$45,520
50
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