Career Profile

Power Plant Operators

Education High school diploma or equivalent
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $66,000
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.

General Information

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Power Plant Operators

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 3 openings per year are projected for Power Plant Operators.


Employment Change

Employment for Power Plant Operators is forecasted to decrease -9.0% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $31.75/hour. Entry level workers are paid $22.05, while experienced workers are paid $36.60. The median wage is above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 46 Power Plant Operators in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 42.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Power Plant Operators are Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Water, Sewage and Other Systems, and Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Power Plant Operators include Mechanical, English Language, and Public Safety and Security.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Power Plant Operators is Some college, no degree. 38% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET