Power Plant Operator Salary Information in Wisconsin

The average annual and hourly salaries for power plant operators in the state of Wisconsin are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of power plant operators among Wisconsin metropolitan 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 Wisconsin

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,370
25th Percentile Wage
$51,130
50th Percentile Wage
$72,170
75th Percentile Wage
$87,510
90th Percentile Wage
$97,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for power plant operators in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $97,740. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $72,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,370.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.37
25th Percentile Wage
$24.58
50th Percentile Wage
$34.70
75th Percentile Wage
$42.07
90th Percentile Wage
$46.99

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for power plant operators in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $46.99. The median hourly salary is $34.70. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.37.

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
201672,1702.40%22.17%
201570,4400.09%-
201470,38013.50%-
201360,8807.74%-
201256,170--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of power plant operators in some Wisconsin cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of power plant operators in state of Wisconsin ranges from $47,400 to $84,000. The highest paying area for power plant operators in Wisconsin is Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis with a median annual salary of $84,000. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington (mean annual salary $80,720). The lowest paying area is Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $47,400.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$84,000
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$80,720
Madison
$72,520
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$70,350
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$68,730
Duluth
$59,330
Green Bay
$54,390
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$47,400


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