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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$32,850|
|25th Percentile Wage||$43,270|
|50th Percentile Wage||$58,350|
|75th Percentile Wage||$76,560|
|90th Percentile Wage||$94,420|
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 $94,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,850. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 187% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of plant and system operators from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 $79,460. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $41,290).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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|| |
|Power Distributors and Dispatchers|| |
|Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators|| |
|Power Plant Operators|| |
|Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers|| |
|Other Plant and System Operators|| |
|Miscellaneous Plant and System Operators|| |
|Gas Plant Operators|| |
|Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers|| |
|Chemical Plant and System Operators|| |
|Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators|| |