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All About Plant and System Operators

Position Description All plant and system operators not listed separately.

Types of Plant and System Operator Jobs

  • Incinerator Attendant
  • Forming Process Worker
  • Incinerator Operator
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Attendant
  • Ventilation Equipment Tender

Is There Going to be Demand for Plant and System Operators?

In the United States, there were 12,100 jobs for Plant and System Operator in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.5% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 300 new jobs for Plant and System Operator by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,200 positions for Plant and System Operator per year.


The states with the most job growth for Plant and System Operator are South Dakota, Nebraska, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Massachusetts, West Virginia, or Oklahoma. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Plant and System Operators Make A Lot Of Money?

The average yearly salary of a Plant and System Operator ranges between $34,580 and $81,750.


Plant and System Operators who work in Alaska, Washington, or Hawaii, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Plant and System Operators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $53,280
Alaska $65,360
Arizona $54,740
Arkansas $52,910
California $69,480
Colorado $50,910
Connecticut $65,360
Florida $53,060
Georgia $42,540
Hawaii $68,500
Idaho $63,100
Illinois $63,770
Indiana $60,160
Iowa $62,060
Kansas $66,380
Kentucky $53,540
Louisiana $54,610
Maine $44,000
Maryland $60,260
Massachusetts $63,710
Michigan $62,000
Minnesota $67,770
Mississippi $58,280
Missouri $56,330
Montana $60,360
Nebraska $41,410
Nevada $59,180
New Jersey $62,690
New Mexico $53,040
New York $63,550
North Carolina $57,370
North Dakota $52,260
Ohio $52,440
Oklahoma $52,740
Oregon $58,800
Pennsylvania $55,250
South Carolina $57,790
Tennessee $55,980
Texas $52,850
Utah $53,520
Virginia $62,820
Washington $68,600
West Virginia $54,870
Wisconsin $64,240

Plant and System Operators Sector


Plant and System Operators work in the following industries:



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