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Power Plant Operator Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for power plant operators in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of power plant operators among Washington areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Power Plant Operators in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$68,080
25th Percentile Wage
$78,440
50th Percentile Wage
$90,150
75th Percentile Wage
$98,400
90th Percentile Wage
$103,380

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $103,380. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $90,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $68,080.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32.72
25th Percentile Wage
$37.71
50th Percentile Wage
$43.34
75th Percentile Wage
$47.31
90th Percentile Wage
$49.70

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for power plant operators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $49.70. The median hourly salary is $43.34. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32.72.

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
201690,150-0.33%13.23%
201590,4502.34%-
201488,3308.13%-
201381,1503.61%-
201278,220--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Power Plant Operators in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of power plant operators in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of power plant operators in state of Washington ranges from $81,110 to $93,370. The highest paying area for power plant operators in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $93,370. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $92,680). The lowest paying area is Central Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $81,110.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$93,370
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$92,680
Tacoma
$91,750
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$81,110


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