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Power Plant Operator Salary Information in North Carolina

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,760
25th Percentile Wage
$74,070
50th Percentile Wage
$89,030
75th Percentile Wage
$97,520
90th Percentile Wage
$102,660

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $102,660. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $89,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,760.

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
$89,030
11.51% 26.34%
2016
$78,780
0.66% -
2015
$78,260
6.02% -
2014
$73,550
4.36% -
2013
$70,340
6.77% -
2012
$65,580
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of power plant operators in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of power plant operators in state of North Carolina ranges from $80,330 to $92,630. The highest paying area for power plant operators in North Carolina is Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton with a median annual salary of $92,630. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Durham-Chapel Hill (mean annual salary $89,220). The lowest paying area is Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $80,330.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$92,630
Durham-Chapel Hill
$89,220
Winston-Salem
$88,630
Greensboro-High Point
$87,580
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$85,780
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$80,330




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