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Power Plant Operator Salary Information in Pennsylvania

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,050
25th Percentile Wage
$60,080
50th Percentile Wage
$71,940
75th Percentile Wage
$82,410
90th Percentile Wage
$97,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $97,870. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $71,940. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,050.

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
$71,940
0.32% 12.43%
2016
$71,710
1.58% -
2015
$70,580
0.77% -
2014
$70,040
6.25% -
2013
$65,660
4.05% -
2012
$63,000
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of power plant operators in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of power plant operators in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $56,340 to $83,420. The highest paying area for power plant operators in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $83,420. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Reading (mean annual salary $82,080). The lowest paying area is Lancaster with a median annual salary of $56,340.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$83,420
Reading
$82,080
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$78,450
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$75,000
Pittsburgh
$74,740
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$73,990
Philadelphia
$72,210
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$72,190
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$70,340
Johnstown
$64,380
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$64,100
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$62,990
York-Hanover
$62,330
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$60,120
Lancaster
$56,340




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