Chemical Plant and System Operator Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for chemical plant and system operators in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of chemical plant and system operators among Iowa 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Chemical Plant and System Operators in Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,380
25th Percentile Wage
$46,030
50th Percentile Wage
$56,690
75th Percentile Wage
$72,210
90th Percentile Wage
$81,770

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemical plant and system operators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $81,770. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $56,690. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,380.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$56,690
7.18% 23.92%
2016
$52,620
-11.50% -
2015
$58,670
30.94% -
2014
$40,520
-13.20% -
2013
$45,870
5.97% -
2012
$43,130
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Chemical Plant and System Operators in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of chemical plant and system operators in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of chemical plant and system operators in state of Iowa ranges from $42,720 to $67,170. The highest paying area for chemical plant and system operators in Iowa is Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $67,170. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $57,790). The lowest paying area is Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $42,720.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$67,170
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$57,790
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$42,720




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