Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers

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2019 Workforce
48k
Average Age
43.9
Average Salary
$98,116
Average Male Salary
$101,106
Average Female Salary
$63,173

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 $98,116 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers by wage are Architects, except landscape and naval, Computer network architects, and Veterinarians.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Idaho Falls City PUMA, ID, 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 Idaho Falls City PUMA, ID, 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 Electric & gas, and other combinations. Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are paid most in Emporia City PUMA, KS but are relatively concentrated in Idaho Falls City PUMA, ID.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$98,116
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,104

In 2019, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers earned an average of $98,116, $42,592 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Computer network architects make somewhat more than Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers while Architects, except landscape and 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

0.245
WAGE GINI

In 2016, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.245, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Industries by Share

48k
2019 Workforce
± 5,378
0.836%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 15.7%

The number of people employed as Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers has been growing at a rate of 0.836%, from 47,595 people in 2018 to 47,993 people in 2019.

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  83.4%, followed by Electric & gas, and other combinations with 3.72% and Natural gas distribution with 2.43%.

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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 43.9 and of female Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 43.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

44.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,161
3.78k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,510

92.1% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

73.9% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.9% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

43.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.48
43.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 5.27

The median age of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 43.9, and Male employees are generally 0.553 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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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 Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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