Information About Chemical Plant And System Operators

Training Requirements for Chemical Plant And System Operators

Chemical plant and system operators need high school diploma or equivalent.

Degrees for Chemical plant and system operators
Training for Chemical Plant And System Operators
Percent
Less than High School 4.8
High School 38.6
Some College 31.9
Associates Degree 11.3
Bachelors Degree 12.6
Masters Degree 0.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.1

Employment outlook for Chemical Plant And System Operators

Represents about 38,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are down Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 3,000 less chemical plant and system operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 14,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, chemical plant and system operators make $28.57 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chemical plant and system operators $16.85 $22.17 $28.81 $35.20 $39.41
Production occupations $9.96 $11.98 $15.93 $21.81 $28.99
Plant and system operators $15.71 $20.71 $27.93 $36.29 $44.47
Miscellaneous plant and system operators $18.45 $24.00 $30.49 $37.05 $43.79
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, chemical plant and system operators make $59,430 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chemical plant and system operators $35,050 $46,110 $59,920 $73,210 $81,970
Production occupations $20,720 $24,920 $33,130 $45,360 $60,300
Plant and system operators $32,680 $43,080 $58,100 $75,490 $92,500
Miscellaneous plant and system operators $38,370 $49,920 $63,430 $77,060 $91,080
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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