PLANT OPERATOR SALARY

Average Yearly Salary
$34,000
$15,000
Min 10%
$34,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Ingevity
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Average Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a plant operator make?
The national average salary for a Plant Operator in the United States is $34,390 per year or $16.53 per hour. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 62,000. The top 10 percent earn over $77,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $15,000 annually. The most abundant employment opportunities for Plant Operators are in Manufacturing companies and Health Care companies. The best states for high paying Plant Operator jobs are Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. The typical tenure for a Plant Operator is 4.2 years.
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Average Plant Operator Salary By Company

Plant Operators report their job security as good. Just as in every field, some employers pay higher wages than others. Manufacturing companies and Health Care companies have the most job opportunities for Plant Operators. Ingevity and DCP Midstream are the best paying companies for Plant Operators. In addition, companies like Steward Health Care System and BASF report highly competitive salaries for Plant Operators.

Average Plant Operator Salary By Location

Across America, Plant Operators make on average $34,390 annually or $16.53 hourly. Working in Anchorage, AK as a Plant Operator will pay you the highest wages at around $81,177 per year. The average entry-level salary in Anchorage, AK is $60,000. Some of the states with the best Plant Operator salaries are Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, and Utah. Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas have the lowest Plant Operator salaries.
RankCityAverage Salary
1
Anchorage, AK
$81,177
2
Richmond, CA
$45,905
3
Wilmington, DE
$39,118
4
Baltimore, MD
$39,001
5
Philadelphia, PA
$38,834

Average Plant Operator Salary By Industry

Wages for Plant Operators can differ based on the industry they work in. By looking at our data, we can see that Utilities companies, Manufacturing companies, and Professional companies pay their Plant Operators well. Utilities companies pay their Plant Operators the highest wages, averaging $36,545 per year. Manufacturing companies and Professional companies pay well too, at $35,945 and $33,627, respectively. The average salary for Plant Operators in the Energy industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $30,203.
RankIndustryAverage Salary
1
Utilities
$36,545
2
Manufacturing
$35,945
3
Professional
$33,627
4
Hospitality
$33,039
5
Construction
$32,512

RECENTLY ADDED Plant Operator SALARIES

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
CRH Management, LLC
Plant Operator
10/31/2019
$30,262
Airgas Inc.
Plant Operator
10/30/2019
$37,566
Airgas Usa LLC
Plant Operator
10/30/2019
$37,566
10/28/2019
$38,776
Nv Energy
Plant Operator
10/26/2019
$83,710
Dickinson State University
Plant Operator
10/15/2019
$50,088
Meadwestvaco
Plant Operator
10/12/2019
$33,538
Ingevity
Plant Operator
10/11/2019
$29,656
Staffex
Plant Operator
10/08/2019
$37,566
City of Westmister
Plant Operator
09/30/2019
$33,016
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