Information About Chemical Plant And System Operators

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Training

Chemical plant and system operators need long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Chemical plant and system operators
Training for Chemical Plant And System Operators
Percent
Less than High School 7.9
High School 42.8
Some College 30.2
Associates Degree 10.5
Bachelors Degree 7.4
Masters Degree 1.0
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.3

Employment

Represents about 45,000 people in the United States- 0.7% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are down Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 9,000 less chemical plant and system operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 10,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, chemical plant and system operators make $26.40 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chemical plant and system operators $16.50 $20.90 $26.90 $32.50 $35.80
Production occupations $8.95 $10.90 $14.70 $20.00 $26.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, chemical plant and system operators make $54,920 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chemical plant and system operators $34,430 $43,570 $55,940 $67,640 $74,480
Production occupations $18,620 $22,860 $30,670 $41,740 $55,910
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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