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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Power Plant Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,270
25th Percentile Wage
$59,550
50th Percentile Wage
$74,690
75th Percentile Wage
$89,390
90th Percentile Wage
$101,590

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 $101,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,690. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,270. Note 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 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201674,6903.68%11.46%
201571,9402.60%-
201470,0702.81%-
201368,1002.89%-
201266,130--

Table 2. Power Plant Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of power plant operators in 11 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 transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $105,740. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $56,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$105,740
Utilities
$75,960
Mining
$73,590
Federal, State, and Local Government
$72,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$70,080
Wholesale Trade
$66,490
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$65,120
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,400
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,080
Manufacturing
$62,490
Educational Services
$56,260

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 $54,140 to $96,680. The highest paying state for power plant operators is California with a median annual salary of $96,680. The lowest paying state is Virginia with a median annual salary of $54,140. 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
$96,680
Washington
$90,150
New Jersey
$87,330
North Dakota
$85,780
Hawaii
$84,330
Nevada
$83,330
Tennessee
$81,840
Idaho
$80,640
Kentucky
$79,160
Montana
$79,000
North Carolina
$78,780
Missouri
$77,510
New York
$77,470
Maryland
$76,980
Wyoming
$76,880
Oregon
$75,790
Massachusetts
$75,490
Illinois
$75,290
Arkansas
$75,130
Utah
$75,090
Georgia
$74,600
Michigan
$74,300
Minnesota
$74,300
West Virginia
$74,230
Wisconsin
$72,170
Florida
$71,710
Pennsylvania
$71,710
Nebraska
$71,700
Texas
$71,640
South Dakota
$71,590
Vermont
$71,570
Connecticut
$71,540
Alaska
$70,660
Colorado
$70,560
Mississippi
$70,500
Ohio
$70,350
Indiana
$68,930
Arizona
$68,520
Oklahoma
$67,990
Alabama
$66,750
Delaware
$61,810
Rhode Island
$61,010
Iowa
$60,670
Maine
$59,880
Louisiana
$58,580
Kansas
$57,770
New Hampshire
$55,120
Virginia
$54,140


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