Training Requirements for Power Plant Operators

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

Degrees for Power plant operators
Percent
Less than High School 1.4
High School 30.6
Some College 32.1
Associates Degree 18.3
Bachelors Degree 14.6
Masters Degree 2.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.3

Employment Outlook for Power Plant Operators

This represents about 41,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 2,000 less power plant operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 14,000 more.

Typical Income for Power Plant Operators

Hourly Income

On average,power plant operators make $35.48 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Power plant operators $21.28 $28.63 $35.91 $42.98 $48.84
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
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers $23.17 $30.73 $37.68 $45.11 $50.83
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, power plant operators make $73,800 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Power plant operators $44,270 $59,550 $74,690 $89,390 $101,590
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
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers $48,200 $63,920 $78,370 $93,830 $105,730
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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