Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-8013 Power Plant Operators



Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators. Excludes “Nuclear Power Reactor Operators" (51-8011).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 12029$43.80/hr$30.10/hr$37.78/hr$44.41/hr$50.54/hr$59.18/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities760$45.64/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$34.68/hr
Public Administration150$34.38/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$37.30/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$41.16/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$25.13/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$46.70/hr6.0%
Southeast Minnesota 120$44.41/hr9.6%
Southwest Minnesota 130$42.08/hr6.5%
Southeast Balance of State 150$44.75/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 330$43.57/hr-1.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 560$45.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 930$43.64/hr1.1%




  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment.
  • Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration.
  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations.
  • Inspect records or log book entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status.
  • Regulate equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data or from computers.
  • Make adjustments or minor repairs, such as tightening leaking gland or pipe joints.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.
  • Record and compile operational data by completing and maintaining forms, logs, or reports.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power.