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Occupational Employment Statistics


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
Southwest Minnesota 509$41.58/hr$25.05/hr$31.88/hr$41.83/hr$52.15/hr$53.29/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities610$50.60/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Public Administration80$39.96/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$39.95/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$50.35/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$39.90/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$40.94/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$41.83/hr-10.2%
Southeast Balance of State 50$48.63/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$50.35/hr-1.8%
Northeast Balance of State 60$39.95/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$50.60/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$48.84/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 90$48.84/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 110$52.04/hr-17.7%
Northeast Minnesota 120$43.07/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 260$50.81/hr-19.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 340$52.04/hrN/A
Minnesota 700$48.84/hr-17.8%

  • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.
  • Clean work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Operate equipment to heat biomass, using knowledge of controls, combustion, and firing mechanisms.
  • Record or report operational data, such as readings on meters, instruments, and gauges.
  • Perform tests of water chemistry in boilers.
  • Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
  • 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.