Miscellaneous plant & system operators

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
45.8k
Average Age
43.6
Average Salary
$75,117
Average Male Salary
$75,711
Average Female Salary
$67,690

About

Miscellaneous plant & system operators are most often employed by the Petroleum refining industry. The average yearly wage for Miscellaneous plant & system operators was $75,117 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Miscellaneous plant & system operators by wage are Railroad conductors & yardmasters, Physical therapists, and Computer occupations, all other.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Miscellaneous plant & system operators are Orange & Hardin Counties PUMA, TX, Brazoria County (North)Pearland City PUMA, TX, and East Montana (Outside Billings City) PUMA, MT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Miscellaneous plant & system operators are South Texas Development Council (South) & Coastal Bend COG (West) PUMA, TX, Orange & Hardin Counties PUMA, TX, and East of I-45 & Inside Loop I-610 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 Nueces County (Central)Corpus Christi City (South Central) PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in South Texas Development Council (South) & Coastal Bend COG (West) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$75,117
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,870

In 2020, Miscellaneous plant & system operators earned an average of $75,117, $19,163 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Computer occupations, all other make somewhat more than Miscellaneous plant & system operators while Railroad conductors & yardmasters 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

0.284
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Miscellaneous plant & system operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.284, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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

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Industries

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Industries by Share

45.8k
2020 Workforce
± 5,255
0.451%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.2%

The number of people employed as Miscellaneous plant & system operators has been growing at a rate of 0.451%, from 45,630 people in 2019 to 45,836 people in 2020.

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  23.7%, followed by Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals with 12.9% and Natural gas distribution with 7.79%.

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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 43.5 and of female Miscellaneous plant & system operators is 44.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Miscellaneous plant & system operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

42.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,057
3.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,431

92.6% of Miscellaneous plant & system operators are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Miscellaneous plant & system operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Miscellaneous plant & system operators
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

70.1% of Miscellaneous plant & system operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.2% of Miscellaneous plant & system operators, White (Hispanic) 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 Sex

43.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.5
44.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 6.06

The median age of Miscellaneous plant & system operators is 43.6, and Male employees are generally 1.48 years younger 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 Business but a relatively high number of Miscellaneous plant & system operators hold a major in Agriculture.

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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 Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Installation.

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