Generator Operators


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Generator Operators

Generator Operators - Wages & Trends

Wages for power plant operators vary by the area of specialization. Wages also vary by employer and area of the country. The operator's level of experience and responsibility also affect wages. Senior or chief operators usually earn about ten to 15 percent more than regular operators. In addition, over half of all power plant operators belong to a union. Union members tend to earn higher wages than non-union workers.

Full-time power plant operators usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan.

Nuclear power reactor operators (SOC 51-8011)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $37.43 $45.03 $57.17
Yearly $77,848 $93,667 $118,906
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
United States Hourly $41.95 $48.33 $56.19
Yearly $87,250 $100,530 $116,880
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Power distributors and dispatchers (SOC 51-8012)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $29.64 $40.93 $47.29
Yearly $61,653 $85,140 $98,371
    Cook County Hourly $35.31 $45.00 $54.25
Yearly $73,450 $93,595 $112,844
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $21.08 $28.49 $40.78
Yearly $43,850 $59,259 $84,825
United States Hourly $34.88 $43.61 $50.07
Yearly $72,540 $90,700 $104,140

Power plant operators (SOC 51-8013)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $25.41 $39.29 $46.13
Yearly $52,863 $81,733 $95,941
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $25.68 $32.56 $45.39
Yearly $53,422 $67,722 $94,403
    Cook County Hourly $42.54 $46.50 $50.29
Yearly $88,475 $96,717 $104,606
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $31.45 $36.25 $39.99
Yearly $65,422 $75,396 $83,185
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $20.07 $34.14 $45.42
Yearly $41,736 $71,015 $94,478
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $27.60 $36.59 $42.93
Yearly $57,404 $76,105 $89,301
United States Hourly $30.34 $39.42 $46.61
Yearly $63,110 $81,990 $96,940

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.