Utilities

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Workforce
555k
2018 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
44.7
Estimated Job Growth
-0.3%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$79,258
Average Male Salary
$82,521
Average Female Salary
$67,967

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The top three occupations in the Utilities Industry Group are Electrical powerline installers & repairers, Other managers, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers. On average, full-time employees in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector work 43.7 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $81,487. Part-time employees in the same industry work 20.7 hours and earn an average annual salary of $26,255.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector are Bismarck City PUMA, ND, Shelby County PUMA, AL, and Oswego County PUMA, NY. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Utilities.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector. Electrical powerline installers & repairers are the most common position, but the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector employs a relatively high number of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Utilities goes to Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

Occupations

Occupations by Share

555k
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 1.25M
-2.9%
1 Year Growth
± 3.17%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 555k people employed in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector in 2018.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector has been declining at a rate of -2.9%, , from 1.28M people in 2017 to 1.25M people in 2018.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Utilities by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Electrical powerline installers & repairers represent the largest share of positions held in Utilities at 6.97%, followed by Other managers with 6.01% and Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators with 5.79%.

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Wages

Average Salary

$79,258
AVERAGE WAGE
± $1,242

On average, employees in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector make $79,258 per year. This number makes Utilities the 5 highest paying Industry Sub-Sector in the United States out of a total of 21 Industry Sub-Sectors.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage Distribution

0.336
WAGE GINI

Utilities has a wage GINI of 0.336, which is less than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Utilities (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector.

These are locations that employ more people in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $82,521 and $67,967. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

280k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±13k
967k
MALE WORKFORCE
±24.1k

77.6% of workers in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$82,521
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$1,439
$67,967
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$2,349

On average, Male workers in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector make 1.21 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. White
  3. Two or More Races

On average, Asian employees in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector earn 1.17 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector is Manufacturing.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Utilities is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Utilities is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Utilities Industry Sub-Sector gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Utilities is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Manufacturing Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Utilities Industry Sub-Sector for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the utilities industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 6.89% in the next ten years. The utilities industry has a lower projected workforce growth at -0.3%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (1.2%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (22.9%).

Job Growth

-0.3%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for the utilities industry.

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Output Growth

1.2%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the utilities industry.

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