Power Plant Operator Salary Information in Tennessee

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,870
25th Percentile Wage
$51,390
50th Percentile Wage
$84,100
75th Percentile Wage
$86,460
90th Percentile Wage
$93,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $93,730. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $84,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,870.

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
$84,100
2.69% 10.73%
2016
$81,840
2.71% -
2015
$79,620
0.08% -
2014
$79,560
4.84% -
2013
$75,710
0.83% -
2012
$75,080
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of power plant operators in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of power plant operators in state of Tennessee ranges from $45,730 to $88,810. The highest paying area for power plant operators in Tennessee is Memphis with a median annual salary of $88,810. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $86,460). The lowest paying area is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin with a median annual salary of $45,730.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Memphis
$88,810
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$86,460
Knoxville
$86,450
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$79,570
Chattanooga
$75,120
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$45,730




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