Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers

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Total Workforce

46.4k

Average Age

43.7

Estimated Job Growth

-0.914%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$92,800

Average Male Salary

$94,801

Average Female Salary

$71,694

About

Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are most often employed by the Electric power generation, transmission & distribution industry. The average yearly wage for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers was $92,800 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers by wage are Architects, except naval, Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other, and Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists.

Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette & Lee Counties PUMA, TX, Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK, and Dothan City PUMA, AL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette & Lee Counties PUMA, TX, Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK, and Dothan City PUMA, AL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Electric power generation, transmission & distribution is the industry that employs the most Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, by average wage, is Hospitals. Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are paid most in Emporia City PUMA, KS but are relatively concentrated in Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette & Lee Counties PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$92,800

AVERAGE SALARY

± $5,841

In 2017, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers earned an average of $92,800, $40,735 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other make somewhat more than Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers while Architects, except naval make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.28

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.28, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, by number of employees, are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, Electric & gas, and other combinations, and Natural gas distribution.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, by average wage, are Hospitals, Electric & gas, and other combinations, and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution.

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Industries by Share

46.4k

2017 Workforce

± 5,285

-7.07%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 17%

The number of people employed as Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers has been declining at a rate of -7.07%, from 49,877 people in 2016 to 46,353 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers employed by various industries. Electric power generation, transmission & distribution employs the largest share of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers at  82.3%, followed by Electric & gas, and other combinations with 3.35% and Natural gas distribution with 3.17%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers in the US. The average age of male Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers in the workforce is 44.1 and of female Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 40, and the most common race/ethnicity for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is White.

Gender Composition

42.3k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,051

4.01k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,555

91.3% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

82% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.6% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers.

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Age by Gender

44.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.39

40

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 5.32

The median age of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 43.7, and Male employees are generally 4.02 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers hold a major in Engineering Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Operation Monitoring, and Operation and Control. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Troubleshooting, and Operation Monitoring.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are expected to see a growth of -0.914% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-0.914%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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