Power Plant Operator Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for power plant operators in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of power plant operators amongst Illinois 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 Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,260
25th Percentile Wage
$67,150
50th Percentile Wage
$78,930
75th Percentile Wage
$93,700
90th Percentile Wage
$103,610

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $103,610. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $78,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,260.

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
$78,930
4.61% 9.82%
2016
$75,290
3.51% -
2015
$72,650
-0.30% -
2014
$72,870
-1.30% -
2013
$73,820
3.58% -
2012
$71,180
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of power plant operators in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of power plant operators in state of Illinois ranges from $71,370 to $87,610. The highest paying area for power plant operators in Illinois is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) with a median annual salary of $87,610. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) (mean annual salary $85,220). The lowest paying area is South Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $71,370.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$87,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$85,220
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$84,190
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$76,770
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$71,370




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