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Plant and System Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of plant and system operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of plant and system operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of plant and system operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The plant and system operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,680
25th Percentile Wage
$43,080
50th Percentile Wage
$58,100
75th Percentile Wage
$75,490
90th Percentile Wage
$92,500

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for plant and system operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) plant and system operators is $92,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,680. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 183% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of plant and system operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,1001.62%7.37%
201557,1602.26%-
201455,8702.43%-
201354,5101.27%-
201253,820--

Table 2. Plant and System Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of plant and system operators in 18 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 plant and system operators occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $74,440. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $42,350).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$74,440
Utilities
$71,870
Finance and Insurance
$70,310
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$69,550
Transportation and Warehousing
$65,430
Mining
$62,190
Manufacturing
$61,740
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,620
Health Care and Social Assistance
$60,230
Wholesale Trade
$54,650
Educational Services
$54,240
Construction
$52,280
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,900
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,680
Accommodation and Food Services
$49,330
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,330
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,550
Retail Trade
$42,350

Table 3. Salaries of Plant and System Operator Related Occupations

The average annual salary of plant and system operator related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$91,170
Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$81,900
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
$78,370
Power Plant Operators
$74,690
Gas Plant Operators
$67,580
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$67,400
Miscellaneous Plant and System Operators
$63,430
Chemical Plant and System Operators
$59,920
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$59,400
Other Plant and System Operators
$54,930
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
$45,760


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