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Highest Paying Industries for Chemical Plant and System Operators

The top 36 highest paying industries for chemical plant and system 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 $64,230, petroleum and coal products manufacturing is the highest paying industry for chemical plant and system operators. It is followed by research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry (average annual salary $63,790). 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 chemical plant and system operators in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 36 Highest Paying Industries for Chemical Plant and System Operators

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$64,230
1,850
2 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$63,790
160
3 Scientific Research and Development Services
$63,790
160
4 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$60,710
60
5 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$60,710
60
6 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$59,970
7,090
7 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$58,720
14,900
8 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$56,980
30
9 Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,980
30
10 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$56,550
510
11 Paper Manufacturing
$56,310
520
12 Manufacturing
$56,120
36,260
13 Chemical Manufacturing
$55,990
33,290
14 Machinery Manufacturing
$54,970
n/a
15 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$54,300
2,170
16 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$54,280
30
17 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$53,840
600
18 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$52,490
280
19 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$52,000
4,390
20 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$50,960
250
21 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$50,040
310
22 Wholesale Trade
$50,040
310
23 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$48,720
3,850
24 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$48,670
280
25 Mining
$48,160
140
26 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$45,360
80
27 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,060
330
28 Temporary Help Services
$44,940
260
29 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$44,910
40
30 Employment Services
$44,700
320
31 Administrative and Support Services
$44,700
320
32 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$41,580
n/a
33 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$41,580
n/a
34 Utilities
$39,190
30
35 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$36,980
n/a
36 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$35,850
n/a
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