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Power Plant Operator, Distributors, and Dispatcher Salary Information

The salary statistics of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers 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, Distributors, and Dispatcher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,200
25th Percentile Wage
$63,920
50th Percentile Wage
$78,370
75th Percentile Wage
$93,830
90th Percentile Wage
$105,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers is $105,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,200. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 119% 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, distributors, and dispatchers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201678,3703.46%12.94%
201575,6603.63%-
201472,9103.22%-
201370,5603.30%-
201268,230--

Table 2. Power Plant Operator, Distributors, and Dispatcher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers in 12 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, distributors, and dispatchers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $84,310. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $56,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$84,310
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$83,100
Transportation and Warehousing
$81,310
Utilities
$79,150
Federal, State, and Local Government
$78,390
Mining
$77,030
Construction
$72,050
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$70,230
Wholesale Trade
$64,400
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,000
Manufacturing
$62,320
Educational Services
$56,460


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