Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers

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Total Workforce

47.6k

Average Age

44.2

Average Salary

$94,435

Average Male Salary

$97,213

Average Female Salary

$61,298

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 $94,435 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers by wage are Architects, except landscape and naval, Project management specialists, and Natural sciences managers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Maricopa County (West) & Gila River Indian Community (Northwest) PUMA, AZ, Bloomsburg Town & Berwick Borough PUMA, PA, and Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Maricopa County (West) & Gila River Indian Community (Northwest) PUMA, AZ, Bloomsburg Town & Berwick Borough PUMA, PA, and Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK.

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 Electric power generation, transmission & distribution. Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are paid most in Emporia City PUMA, KS but are relatively concentrated in Maricopa County (West) & Gila River Indian Community (Northwest) PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$94,435

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,979

In 2018, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers earned an average of $94,435, $40,547 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Project management specialists make somewhat more than Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers while Architects, except landscape and naval 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

0.25

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.25, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, by number of employees, are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, Electric & gas, and other combinations, and Natural gas distribution.

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Industries by Share

47.6k

2018 Workforce

± 5,355

2.68%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 15.6%

The number of people employed as Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers has been growing at a rate of 2.68%, from 46,353 people in 2017 to 47,595 people in 2018.

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  82.1%, followed by Electric & gas, and other combinations with 2.9% and Natural gas distribution with 2.82%.

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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 44.3 and of female Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 42.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is White.

Gender Composition

43.9k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,144

3.68k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,490

92.3% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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

  2. Black

  3. Two or More Races

83.4% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.04% of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Black 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 Gender

44.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.44

42.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 4.28

The median age of Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers is 44.2, and Male employees are generally 1.49 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 Engineering 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 Critical Thinking, Operation Monitoring, and Operation and Control. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Troubleshooting, and Operation Monitoring.

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