Miscellaneous plant & system operators

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Total Workforce

50.3k

Average Age

42.9

Estimated Job Growth

-1.63%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$72,164

Average Male Salary

$72,210

Average Female Salary

$71,682

About

Miscellaneous plant & system operators are most often employed by the Petroleum refining industry. The average yearly wage for Miscellaneous plant & system operators was $72,164 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Miscellaneous plant & system operators by wage are Business operations specialists, all other, Biological scientists, and Advertising sales agents.

Miscellaneous plant & system operators 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 Miscellaneous plant & system operators are Wind River Reservation PUMA, WY, Rio Grande COG & Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission (West) PUMA, TX, and Southeast Utah & Uintah Basin Region PUMA, UT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Miscellaneous plant & system operators are Wind River Reservation PUMA, WY, Rio Grande COG & Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission (West) PUMA, TX, and Coastal Bend COG (Northeast) PUMA, TX.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Miscellaneous plant & system operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Petroleum refining is the industry that employs the most Miscellaneous plant & system operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Miscellaneous plant & system operators, by average wage, is Petroleum refining. Miscellaneous plant & system operators are paid most in Port Arthur City PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Wind River Reservation PUMA, WY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$72,164

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,536

In 2017, Miscellaneous plant & system operators earned an average of $72,164, $20,100 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Advertising sales agents make somewhat more than Miscellaneous plant & system operators while Business operations specialists, all other make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Miscellaneous plant & system operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.294

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Miscellaneous plant & system operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.294, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Miscellaneous plant & system operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Miscellaneous plant & system operators, by number of employees, are Petroleum refining, Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals, and Oil & gas extraction.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Miscellaneous plant & system operators, by average wage, are Petroleum refining, Pipeline transportation, and Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals.

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Industries by Share

50.3k

2017 Workforce

± 5,506

26.9%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 13%

The number of people employed as Miscellaneous plant & system operators has been growing at a rate of 26.9%, from 39,644 people in 2016 to 50,312 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Miscellaneous plant & system operators employed by various industries. Petroleum refining employs the largest share of Miscellaneous plant & system operators at  28.4%, followed by Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals with 12.2% and Oil & gas extraction with 4.71%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Miscellaneous plant & system operators in the US. The average age of male Miscellaneous plant & system operators in the workforce is 43 and of female Miscellaneous plant & system operators is 42.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Miscellaneous plant & system operators is White.

Gender Composition

45.9k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,261

4.38k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,624

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

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Miscellaneous plant & system operators

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

81.2% of Miscellaneous plant & system operators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.3% of Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Miscellaneous plant & system operators.

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Age by Gender

43

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.42

42.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 4.4

The median age of Miscellaneous plant & system operators is 42.9, and Male employees are generally 0.432 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

MOST COMMON MAJORS

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MOST SPECIALIZED MAJORS

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Miscellaneous plant & system operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Miscellaneous plant & system operators need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring and Operation and Control. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Miscellaneous plant & system operators need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Miscellaneous plant & system operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Miscellaneous plant & system operators are expected to see a growth of -1.63% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-1.63%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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