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Power Plant Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of power plant operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of power plant operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The power plant 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. Power Plant Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,230
25th Percentile Wage
$60,870
50th Percentile Wage
$77,180
75th Percentile Wage
$92,740
90th Percentile Wage
$103,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) power plant operators is $103,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $77,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,230. 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 129% 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 power plant operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$77,180
3.23% 14.32%
2016
$74,690
3.68% -
2015
$71,940
2.60% -
2014
$70,070
2.81% -
2013
$68,100
2.89% -
2012
$66,130
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Table 2. Power Plant Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of power plant operators in 13 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 power plant operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $79,290. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $48,780).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$79,290
Mining
$76,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$75,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$73,180
Construction
$71,760
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,980
Wholesale Trade
$66,490
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$66,480
Manufacturing
$61,380
Health Care and Social Assistance
$61,250
Educational Services
$58,370
Transportation and Warehousing
$55,330
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,780

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Power Plant Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only power plant 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 power plant operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $53,910 to $96,130. The highest paying state for power plant operators is California with a median annual salary of $96,130. The lowest paying state is Virginia with a median annual salary of $53,910. For more salary information of power plant operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$96,130
North Carolina
$89,030
Washington
$88,630
North Dakota
$87,780
Hawaii
$86,160
Nevada
$85,540
Montana
$85,440
Maryland
$84,880
New York
$84,330
Tennessee
$84,100
New Jersey
$82,170
Minnesota
$81,670
Wyoming
$80,650
Michigan
$80,130
Illinois
$78,930
Arizona
$78,350
Kentucky
$78,330
New Mexico
$78,030
Arkansas
$77,840
Oregon
$77,840
Missouri
$76,840
Georgia
$76,630
Massachusetts
$76,600
Colorado
$74,320
Florida
$74,200
Texas
$73,850
Utah
$73,690
Alabama
$73,420
Connecticut
$73,100
Mississippi
$72,600
West Virginia
$72,520
Idaho
$72,430
Ohio
$72,180
Pennsylvania
$71,940
Nebraska
$71,760
South Dakota
$71,590
Wisconsin
$71,580
Oklahoma
$71,080
Iowa
$70,900
South Carolina
$69,050
Vermont
$62,940
Delaware
$61,810
Alaska
$61,770
Rhode Island
$60,720
Indiana
$60,300
Louisiana
$58,460
Maine
$58,300
Kansas
$57,130
New Hampshire
$55,950
Virginia
$53,910



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