Miscellaneous plant & system operators

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2019 Workforce
46.9k
Average Age
44.2
Average Salary
$72,291
Average Male Salary
$73,524
Average Female Salary
$52,516

About

Miscellaneous plant & system operators are most often employed by the Petroleum refining industry. The average yearly wage for Miscellaneous plant & system operators was $72,291 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Miscellaneous plant & system operators by wage are Other financial clerks, Miscellaneous social scientists, including survey researchers & sociologists, and Cost estimators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Miscellaneous plant & system operators are Nueces CountyCorpus Christi City (Outer) PUMA, TX, Coastal Bend COG (Southeast) & Willacy County PUMA, TX, and Vacaville & Dixon Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Miscellaneous plant & system operators are Coastal Bend COG (Southeast) & Willacy County PUMA, TX, Nueces CountyCorpus Christi City (Outer) PUMA, TX, and Vacaville & Dixon Cities PUMA, CA.

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 Pipeline transportation. Miscellaneous plant & system operators are paid most in Port Arthur City PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Coastal Bend COG (Southeast) & Willacy County PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$72,291
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,203

In 2019, Miscellaneous plant & system operators earned an average of $72,291, $16,767 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Other financial clerks make somewhat more than Miscellaneous plant & system operators while Cost estimators 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

0.265
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Miscellaneous plant & system operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.265, 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

Most Common

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

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Highest Paying

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

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Industries by Share

46.9k
2019 Workforce
± 5,315
5.71%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 15.4%

The number of people employed as Miscellaneous plant & system operators has been growing at a rate of 5.71%, from 44,354 people in 2018 to 46,887 people in 2019.

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  23.5%, followed by Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals with 11.6% and Natural gas distribution with 11.1%.

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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 44.4 and of female Miscellaneous plant & system operators is 41.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Miscellaneous plant & system operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

44.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,157
2.75k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,288

94.1% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

70.7% of Miscellaneous plant & system operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.9% 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 Gender

44.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.6
41.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 6.36

The median age of Miscellaneous plant & system operators is 44.2, and Male employees are generally 3.12 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

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MOST COMMON 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 Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Installation.

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