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Power Plant Operators in Illinois

Power Plant Operators in Illinois

Is Illinois a good place for you to work as a Power Plant Operator?

1.4% Jobs Projection
$77,510 Median Salary
130 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Power Plant Operators in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Power Plant Operators in Illinois is growing slower than average.

  • Power Plant Operators in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Power Plant Operators Work in Illinois?

In Illinois, there were 1,110 people working as Power Plant Operators in the year 2018.

There were 1,180 Power Plant Operators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 70 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 500 Power Plant Operators working in it, which means Illinois has more Power Plant Operators than average.


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Power Plant Operators in this state are growing at a rate of 1.4% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 1.1%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 130 annual job openings, and a total of 1,470 jobs for Illinois Power Plant Operators in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 3,200 annual jobs and 36,500 total jobs in 2026.

What do Power Plant Operators Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Power Plant Operators ranged from $34,640 to $100,580 with $77,510 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $16.65 to $48.35. The median hourly rate was $37.26.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $37.95 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.69.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Illinois Metros for Power Plant Operators

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Power Plant Operators.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 600 $84,330
St. Louis, MO-IL 230 $80,990

Top States for Power Plant Operators Employment

View the list below to see where most Power Plant Operators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 3,670 $95,340
Texas 2,530 $76,520
New York 1,850 $90,690
Michigan 1,640 $78,850
Florida 1,620 $74,250
Pennsylvania 1,540 $73,720
Ohio 1,280 $73,260
North Carolina 1,180 $85,980
Illinois 1,110 $77,510
Massachusetts 990 $80,590
Minnesota 990 $84,830
Missouri 910 $76,100
Colorado 780 $82,030
Kentucky 720 $87,520
Georgia 680 $71,480
Wisconsin 660 $64,030
Alabama 660 $68,360
Tennessee 620 $80,970
Kansas 590 $53,020
Indiana 560 $66,750

Below are the states where Power Plant Operators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $95,340
Washington $93,330
Hawaii $92,620
North Dakota $92,350
Maryland $91,770
New York $90,690
New Jersey $88,110
Kentucky $87,520
Nevada $87,460
North Carolina $85,980

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