Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
49.2k
Average Age
43.4
Average Salary
$96,308
Average Male Salary
$98,152
Average Female Salary
$72,268

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 $96,308 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers by wage are Civil engineers, Marine engineers & naval architects, and Architects, except landscape and naval.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Navajo & Apache Counties PUMA, AZ, Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK, and Pope, Johnson, Yell, Conway & Perry Counties PUMA, AR. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Navajo & Apache Counties PUMA, AZ, Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK, and Pope, Johnson, Yell, Conway & Perry Counties PUMA, AR.

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 Not specified utilities. Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are paid most in Northern Mississippi Region PUMA, WI but are relatively concentrated in Navajo & Apache Counties PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$96,308
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,474

In 2020, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers earned an average of $96,308, $40,354 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Civil engineers make somewhat more than Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers while Marine engineers & naval architects 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

0.247
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.247, 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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, by average wage, are Not specified utilities, Support activities for mining, and Electric & gas, and other combinations.

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Industries by Share

49.2k
2020 Workforce
± 5,444
3%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 15.3%

The number of people employed as Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers has been growing at a rate of 3%, from 47,757 people in 2019 to 49,191 people in 2020.

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  80.2%, followed by Natural gas distribution with 3.32% and Electric & gas, and other combinations with 3.05%.

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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 43.6 and of female Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 41, and the most common race/ethnicity for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

45.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,247
3.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,453

92.9% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

78.9% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.67% 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 Sex

43.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.43
41
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 5.04

The median age of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 43.4, and Male employees are generally 2.52 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 Science Technologies.

Majors

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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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