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Chemical Plant and System Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of chemical plant and system operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of chemical plant and system operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The chemical plant and system operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Chemical Plant and System Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,290
25th Percentile Wage
$47,440
50th Percentile Wage
$62,170
75th Percentile Wage
$76,280
90th Percentile Wage
$87,060

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chemical plant and system operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) chemical plant and system operators is $87,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,290. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 146% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$62,170
3.62% 12.51%
2016
$59,920
1.00% -
2015
$59,320
5.77% -
2014
$55,900
2.09% -
2013
$54,730
0.62% -
2012
$54,390
- -

Table 2. Chemical Plant and System Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chemical plant and system operators in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for chemical plant and system operators occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $62,650. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $38,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$62,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$58,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,980
Mining
$56,250
Utilities
$55,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$54,280
Wholesale Trade
$47,430
Construction
$45,920
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,560

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Chemical Plant and System Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only chemical plant and system operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of chemical plant and system operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,690 to $81,570. The highest paying state for chemical plant and system operators is Wyoming with a median annual salary of $81,570. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,690. For more salary information of chemical plant and system operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Wyoming
$81,570
Texas
$71,720
Alabama
$69,980
Missouri
$69,720
Delaware
$69,480
Louisiana
$68,570
California
$65,430
Kentucky
$65,410
West Virginia
$64,150
Mississippi
$64,130
Massachusetts
$64,030
New Jersey
$63,640
Nebraska
$63,180
North Dakota
$62,910
Kansas
$62,680
Connecticut
$62,350
Florida
$60,750
Montana
$60,650
Wisconsin
$60,400
Oklahoma
$59,980
Idaho
$59,280
Arizona
$58,970
Ohio
$58,860
Oregon
$57,980
Utah
$57,180
Michigan
$56,910
Maine
$56,810
Iowa
$56,690
Nevada
$56,400
New York
$55,610
Indiana
$55,060
Pennsylvania
$54,850
Maryland
$54,600
Georgia
$53,890
Washington
$53,050
Illinois
$50,810
South Carolina
$49,450
Arkansas
$47,960
Virginia
$47,310
Tennessee
$47,010
Minnesota
$46,590
North Carolina
$46,040
Colorado
$43,970
South Dakota
$43,880
Rhode Island
$36,480
Puerto Rico
$24,690



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