Chemical Plant And System Operators

Training Requirements for Chemical Plant And System Operators

Chemical plant and system operators need a high school diploma or equivalent and long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees 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

This represents about 38,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 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.

Typical Income for Chemical Plant And System Operators

Hourly Income

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

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.

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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